New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Children With Special Health Care Needs


Pamela Suett
Director of Recruitment


Director, Center on Disability and Health:

Ansley Bacon, MA, PhD

Program Administrator:

Catherine Yankou, MPH

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The Center on Disability and Health in the Institute of Public Health offers a graduate certificate program to prepare professionals with the skills and knowledge to focus on disability as an emerging and cross-cutting public health field, and to contribute to state and federal public health activities that address the needs of individuals living with disabilities.

Applicants seeking admission must have earned at least a masters degree in a health or education discipline or be currently working toward such a masters degree, and must have a demonstrated interest in working with children with disabilities and their families. Parents or adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities who have a graduate degree or are enrolled in a graduate program, who are interested in developing leadership skills in the field of developmental disabilities, are also encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to schedule an interview with the certificate director.”

This 15-credit Graduate Certificate Program is offered to participants in the Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Program at Westchester Institute for Human Development and is designed to prepare graduates to address the needs of children with disabilities and their families, in a culturally competent and evidence-based manner and in partnership with families. Through a combination of large-group didactic sessions, small group discussion, small project teams, hands-on sessions in the computer laboratory, individual projects and presentations, and field experiences, students build knowledge, skills, and values that prepare them to assume leadership roles in maternal and child health systems of care and the policy and advocacy arena.

The LEND Program is funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau with the aim of improving the health of children with disabilities by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields.

Current students enrolled in a local masters or doctoral level graduate program in a maternal and child health-related field may be considered for this certificate program with prior approval of Dr. Bacon and approval by the student’s program advisor at his/her home institution.

Karen S. Edwards MD MPH
LEND Program Director