The Public Health Certificate with an emphasis in Environmental Health includes courses that combine the disciplines of Epidemiology and Environmental Health to build a foundation in public health. It is comprised of courses that focus on major topics of environmental health, understanding zoonotic diseases, and health communication.
Successful completion of this certificate will be denoted on a student’s transcript by “Completed Graduate Certificate in Public Health.” A paper certificate with the same notation will be mailed to the students home 8-12 weeks after final grades are posted.
Features of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health
- can be completed in 3-5 semesters
- consists of 5 courses of 3 credits each
- requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA and have no grades lower than a “C”
- requires a final exam covering the 10 Essential Services of Public Health
- courses in this certificate program may be transferred into the University of Florida’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program upon admission with a B or better grade, provided that the courses were completed less than 7 years prior.
Course descriptions and Syllabi
PHC 6313 – Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (3)
Survey of major topics of environmental health. Sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in environment. Effects of agents on disease, water quality, air quality, food safety, and land resources. Current legal framework, policies, and practices associated with environmental health and intended to improve public health. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
PHC 6183– Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response (3)
Introduction to the basics of disaster preparedness and responding to disasters, while developing a foundation for further development in responder training. Topics include the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS), support of animal owners, livestock farmers, and care providers as well as guidance for emergency management personnel in preparing community disaster plans that include animals. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
PHC 6519– Zoonotic Diseases in Humans and Animals (3)
Introduction to major zoonotic diseases, including human and animal presentations, epidemiology, means of prevention and control, available diagnostics, available treatments, and associated human and animal regulations for each disease. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
PHC 6316 – Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication in Public Health (3)
Communication is a key component of the job description of all public health professionals. While a single course can not convey all of the subtleties of good oral and written communication, the overall goal of this course is to describe “best practices” under ordinary, risk, and crisis situations. Through the use of lectures, exercises, discussion boards, readings, and assignments, students will be encouraged to reflect on the role of communication in their careers and how they can work to maximize their personal effectiveness. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
Pick 1 of the following courses:
PHC 6001 – Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Includes distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
PHC 6050 – Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3)
Appropriate use of data summarization and presentation of basic statistical methods, including ANOVA, nonparametric methods, inference on discrete data, inference on survival data, and regression methods for continuous, binary, and survival data. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
PHC 6410 – Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health (3)
Health behavior from an ecological perspective; includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention across a variety of settings; incorporates behavioral science theory and methods. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
HSA 6114 – Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3)
Definitions and distribution of health and illness, historical context for development of the US health care system, current organization of the health care system, ability of the system to meet population needs, policy environment that influences access to care, and trends that could impact the system in the future. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.
- An admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health is not an admission to the UF Graduate School.
- Credits from other universities cannot be transferred into this certificate program.