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Health Education and Promotion Certificate

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Health Education and Promotion Certificate

Health care reform and concerns about public health have drawn attention to the importance of teaching individuals and communities about healthy lifestyles. The online Certificate in Health Education is a health education program designed to train you to participate in or lead health promotion activities, initiatives and programs for communities, private companies, schools and other settings. Examples of topics can include smoking cessation, nutrition and obesity, prenatal care, exercise, depression and mental health, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Certificates can be completed as a standalone credential or while pursuing any of our graduate degree programs. All certificates can be completed within one academic year, taken one at a time each 8 week session and are all asynchronous.

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Certificate in Health Education and Promotion Curriculum (15 credit hours)

The certificate requires the successful completion of five courses. It can be taken as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with the online Master of Public Health program.

PBHL 5507 Health Behavior Theory
PBHL 6009 Social Determinants of Health
PBHL 6203 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Select TWO of the following:
PBHL 6202 Health Communication and Messaging
PBHL 6501 Environmental Health
PBHL 6502 Public Health Grant Writing

Health educators may work in a variety of fields, offering great career flexibility

    A few of these settings include:

    • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
    • Employee assistance programs at private companies
    • Social service agencies
    • Public health departments
    • Medical care settings
    • Colleges and universities
    • Community organizing nonprofits
    • Public and private secondary school

    Applicants must demonstrate proof of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and must meet with a graduate student success advisor prior to registering and upon completion of the certificate courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 in certificate-applicable coursework is required to receive a certificate, with no grade lower than “C.”

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