Master of Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is designed to provide Health Care Workers (government/private non-profit), College Graduates, Nurses, Physicians, Teachers and anyone else with an interest in studying the fundamentals principles underlying public health education and practice without pursuing an entire graduate degree program. Some professionals augment their credentials and job prospects through a certificate in public health. Click here for more information about jobs related to this program.

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is designed to enable students to acquire the core knowledge that applies to the fundamental principles and practice of public health. This competency-based program consists of 15 credit hours of core graduate-level public health courses presented using online (WebCT) technology. Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B or better to be eligible for the certificate. The certificate will be presented to students after all curriculum requirements are successfully met and a capstone session is successfully completed. If, after taking classes in the M.P.H. program, a certificate seeking student decides to pursue the M.P.H. degree, the student must submit a new and complete application to the program to become a degree-seeking student, and must meet all the requirements for admission to the M.P.H. degree program. Previous coursework taken as a nondegree-seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.P.H. degree-seeking program, but may be transferable if performance equals or exceeds the grade of B in each course.

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Curriculum*(15 Cr hrs.)
Course Name Credit Hours
Epidemiology (PUH 5430) Fall 3
Biostatistics (PUH 5301) Winter 3
Environmental and Occupational Health (PUH 5220) Winter 3
Health Policy, Planning, and Management (PUH 5512) Fall 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health (PUH 6001) Fall 3

* Certificate students have up to 2 years to complete the required course of study. Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B to be eligible for the certificate.

Admission Requirements

* Undergraduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalent.  Please visit International Students and Scholars website for Credential Evaluation Services.

* Any applicant who has graduated from a college or university in another country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United states residency status, must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the written, 213 on the computerized, or 79-80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official set of scores must be sent directly from the educational testing Service to NSU's Enrollment and Processing Service.

* The Admissions Committee of the NSU-COM MPH Program will review all applications to this program and make recommendations to the Program Director and subsequently the Dean of the College.

Program Competencies
  1. Communicate public health information and issues effectively to health professionals, and the public, through diverse communication channels.
  2. Apply information technology to diverse aspects of public health and communication. 
  3. Critically review and apply evidence-based evaluation of published medical and public health literature.
  4. Identify appropriate national, state and local public health surveillance data, and other data sources, and apply them to public health problems.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to discuss a public health problem substantively and scientifically, including demographics, geography, magnitude and time trends.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of environmental risk assessment, including exposure to toxic substances, contaminated air, food and water.
  7. Develop a plan for a public health program utilizing strategies and models responsive to diverse cultural values and traditions of a community.
  8. Discuss and explain the typical operations and procedures of health departments and other agencies responsible for public health.
  9. Identify and discuss strategies for collaboration and partnership among organizations focused on public health goals.
  10. Describe and discuss the organization, financing, delivery, maintenance and administration of health service programs.
  11. Apply appropriate statistical principles to the description, evaluation and/or assessment of public health problems or programs.
  12. Demonstrate understanding of the standard epidemiological procedures used to conduct an outbreak investigation.
  13. Outline a plan for the delivery of health services for an underserved population, taking into account the health disparities affecting the populations.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of strategic planning for health service programs.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the policies, procedures and processes involved in the comprehensive management of a disaster.
  16. Demonstrate comprehension of the principles of social and behavioral risk assessment applying the ecological model.
  17. Demonstrate comprehension of the application of standard statistical packages used to analyze public health data sets. (e.g., SAS, Epi-Info).
  18. Demonstrate understanding of the three core functions of public health (assessment, policy development and assurance).
Faculty
name title
Cyril Blavo, D.O., M.S., M.P.H. & T.M., F.A.C.O.P. Director/Professor of Public Health
Jon Dodds, Ph. D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Public Health
Jay Fleisher, Ph.D., M.S., M.A. Associate Professor of Public Health
Rosebud Foster, Ed. D., M.S.N. Professor of Public Health
Alina Perez, J.D., L.C.S.W., M.P.H.  Associate Professor of Public Health
Gabriel Suciu, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. Associate Professor of Public Health
Nicole Cook, Ph. D., M. P. A. Assistant Professor of Public Health
T. Lucas Hollar, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Public Health
Evaluation Methods

Faculty will evaluate student performance using a variety of assessment methods (written examination, presentations, multiple choice examinations, research papers, or special assignments). Students will complete course evaluations at the end of each course. Program committees will provide program oversight on the progress of the students and the program. Each student is required to take and pass a competency-based Comprehensive Examination at the end of the course of study.

Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B or better to be eligible for the certificate. The certificate will be presented to the student after all program requirements are successfully met and a comprehensive examination is successfully completed.

FAQ

How much will this program cost me?

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate Program for 2013-2014 is $535 per credit hour. Tuition for 2014-2015 will subsequently be posted on our website. Corporate or institutional cluster students may receive a tuition discount. An NSU student services fee of $945 is required annually. All tuition and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

What are my financing options to pay for the program?

Majority of students use loans to finance their education.

How long will it take me to complete this certificate program?

Certificate students have up to 2 years to complete the certificate program.

What are the chances of getting a job when I successfully complete the graduate certificate?

Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health would have the core knowledge in, and conceptual framework of, public health that will serve to augment work or projects that apply to public health, or serve as a foundation for higher education.

A student who holds a Bachelor's degree and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health may pursue opportunities in County Health Department or health service agencies.

After I complete the certificate program, will I be eligible to enter the MPH Program?

If after taking classes in the M.P.H. Program, a certificate seeking student decides to pursue the M.P.H. degree, the student must submit a new and complete application to the program to become a degree-seeking student, and must meet all the requirements for admission to the M.P.H. degree program.

Previous coursework taken as a nondegree-seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.P.H. degree-seeking program, but may be transferable if performance equals or exceeds the grade of B in each course.

Where can I obtain more information on similar certificate programs?