The School of Health Professions and Human Services is expanding its graduate public health programs with a new advanced certificate in Foundations of Public Health, beginning in fall 2017.
The five-course program is designed for professionals working in a public health agency or organization or those in a related health and human services field who want to gain skills in the evidence-based approaches used in the public health profession.
“We developed the advanced certificate in response to what we heard from public health employers on Long Island and our Community Advisory Board, which is that a portion of the workforce only need a select number of skills-oriented classes to advance in their careers,” said Anthony Santella, DrPH, assistant professor in the Department of Health Professions and director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. “This program can help those who lack skills in quantitative sciences and program planning and evaluation, which are important for today’s public health professionals.”
The program is offered on evenings and weekends and can be completed in one year. The advanced certificate is awarded to students completing 12 semester hours (four courses), in addition to a noncredit seminar. The 12 credits can also be applied as transfer credit toward the Master of Public Health, which is accredited by the national Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Public health is an interdisciplinary field that promotes health and wellness and studies how to prevent injuries, illness and premature death in groups, communities and populations.
The advanced certificate program includes classes in epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral determinants of health, public health program planning and evaluation, and a seminar in foundations of public health.
Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, related professional experience, an interview, and letters of recommendation.