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Graduate certificate programs are available to those who have completed bachelor's degrees.  Individuals who have a graduate degree may want to pursue education in a specific area of interest.  Graduate certificates can provide reliable training for students who are interested in continuing their education without the time commitment necessary to complete entire graduate degree programs. More career opportunities, an updated degree or a career change are a few of the possible benefits of a graduate certificate program.

A graduate certificate program is a professional program that helps students obtain a skill set in a specific area of learning.  Certificate programs can be geared towards specific careers, certification, subject areas, and multi-disciplinary professions.

The School of Health Sciences and Practice offers online and on-campus graduate certificates ranging from 12-27 credits (4-9 courses) in specific areas of interest in public health.


Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

This online or on-campus 15-credit certificate affords a focused learning experience in emergency preparedness, and provides an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to comprehensive emergency management and public health emergency preparedness for disasters, acts of terrorism, and public health emergencies.

Participants in this program may come from varied areas including public health departments, hospitals, emergency management agencies, emergency medical services, fire services or law enforcement.  This certificate is preparation for the Certified Emergency Manager® examination offered by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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Global HealthGlobal Health

This online or on-campus 12-credit global health certificate explores health care issues that exist in developing countries and multi-ethnic populations in industrialized nations.  This certificate enhances health care providers’ knowledge of the health, socio-economic and political environments that affect the health status of individuals and population groups. The certificate may be taken as part of an MPH degree in any of the degree program areas. The faculty includes internationally recognized practitioners and scholars with significant experience in international health.

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Health Education

Health Education/Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

This online and on-campus 27-credit graduate certificate is a focused learning experience in health education.  It covers the basics of health education and research in public health, health education program planning, implementation, evaluation, and the various social and behavioral factors that influence health. The certificate may be taken independently or as part of an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion.

Students who complete the Certificate in Health Education are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. CHES after a health educator's name is one indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development. For more information about the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) and CHES go to http://www.nchec.org

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Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene

This online and on-campus 15-credit certificate is designed to provide professionals with the skills required to function as Industrial Hygienists in both the private and public sectors including industrial, corporate, public service, academic, and medical work environments. . It provides an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to the management of safety issues in the workplace
Students in this program may come from varied fields including industry, public health, law enforcement, hospitals and health care services. Completion of the Certificate in Industrial Hygiene will fulfill the coursework required for admission to the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ANIH) examination. Successful completion of this certificate will also prepare students to sit for certification examinations given by the Board of Certified Safety Officials (BCSP) and the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST).

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Longterm CareManagement of Long-Term Care Facilities

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This 15-credit certificate enhances the credentials of those currently interested in or practicing in the long-term care industry, the nursing home sector, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and senior housing. The program is designed to provide the participants with in-depth knowledge of the organizational, management, financial, legal, and clinical aspects of long-term care.