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Graduate Catalog | 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog | 2016-2017 Previous Edition

Community Health, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Community Health contributes to 15 of the 25 credit hours in health education/health promotion needed for community and public health practitioners to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination (see NCHEC at for specific requirements).  The certificate also is available to students who wish to complement an existing degree in a health profession (e.g.,. health psychology, nursing, or social work), or who wish to explore a career in public health.  This certificate complements (i.e., is not redundant with, can be completed in addition to) the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts .

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the Graduate School in a special category for certificate programs. See the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies ” section for details.

Certificate Requirements

The program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Community Health requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate credit including 9 hours of core courses and two additional elective courses (6 credit hours).

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

The remaining 6 credit hours are chosen by students in consultation with their assigned academic advisor and/or Program Director from among available departmental offerings.  Courses from outside the Department of Public Health Sciences may be substituted with the written permission of the Program Director.

Students not demonstrating prior undergraduate or graduate coursework comparable to HLTH 6200 - Introduction to Public Health  will be required to take this course as one of their electives.


Credits applied toward the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts  cannot also be applied to this certificate.  Additionally, transfer credits are not accepted in this certificate program.  Completion of the certificate program does not ensure admission into the MPH degree program .