Overview 

CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

Certificate programs demonstrate professional competency for specific skills in a shorter time frame than a traditional undergraduate degree. A professional certificate may:   

      • Enhance expertise   

      • Increase professional opportunities

      • Build reputation   

      • Increase ability to deliver high-quality work.   

The Public Health and Health Services Certificate provides the student with an exploration and understanding of community and public health systems and issues. Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in approximately 5 months or two terms.  

PROGRAM GOALS

 

A professional certificate program should be completed with the following goals to enhance expertise, significantly increase earning power, reputation, and the ability to deliver high-quality work.  

 

Students are provided with the opportunity to sharpen their skills and knowledge in the field of Public Health and Health Services. Courses for the Public Health and Health Services Certificate will focus on the following:  

  • Explore how health and fitness is impacted by environmental factors, social environment, behavior and biology.    

  • Identify social inequalities that affect health. 

  • Investigate Public Health programming and the role of the State in the health care system. 

  • Examine health education as a multi-dimensional concept that highlights health systems, health structures, community health, and health management as a whole.  

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 

The Certificate in Public Health and Health Services program requires:

  • The completion of required 12 credits, and all courses listed for the course requirements for the specific program.  

  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople. 

  • Earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken. 

  • Complete all required exams.  

Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in under a year.    

 

CURRICULUM

Individual courses are the building blocks of each certificate program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained to enhance career skills and knowledge.    

 

The Certificate in Public Health and Health Services is a 4-course program demonstrating competence in the public health and health services for people in the healthcare field.  

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

If you would like to earn a non-degree certificate you must first take the usual steps to apply, including meeting basic admission requirements.

To meet admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years old or older

  • Have English proficiency

To apply for admissions consideration to UoPeople, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a $60 non-refundable Application Fee.

 

Non-Native English Speakers    

UoPeople’s online programs are American accredited and are taught in English. Therefore, non-native English speakers must demonstrate that they have a strong level of proficiency in English before beginning their program at UoPeople.

 

TRANSFERABILITY

 

The Certificate Program does not provide transferable academic credit and is excluded from the student recognition for GPA achievements (i.e., President’s List, Dean’s List, Honor’s List).

CAREERS

 

The field of Health Science is one of the fastest growing fields of study, drawing on information from multiple disciplines such as medicine, social sciences, epidemiology, law, economics and public policy. To succeed in today’s evolving world and workplace, it’s necessary to have a broad range of tools and skills at your disposal to further advance your career expertise.    

 

Students looking to sharpen and enhance their expertise in the field of Public Health and Health Services will explore areas related to health education, community health, and environmental health. Students will also receive vital practical skills to incorporate into their careers.  

 

Those who earn a Public Health and Health Services Certificate may go on to advance their careers in hospital administration, public health research, public policy and environmental advocacy. They can also find work in the private sector offering their expertise as health and environmental consultants for businesses. They may also continue to further their studies in the public health fields.