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Overview


This 15-credit Public Health Certificate has a flexible curriculum that allows students to select courses that will build a foundation in public health with a focus on the prevention and education about HIV/AIDS in the community. This online certificate program is specifically designed for someone that wants to increase their knowledge of public health as it applies to HIV/AIDS, particularly in the rural south.

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.

Courses

Applicants will choose their specific plan of study and course schedule when completing the departmental application. Course schedules are listed at http://onlinecertificate.mph.ufl.edu/current-students/course-schedule/.

Course descriptions and Syllabi


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 6009 – Epidemiology and Biology of HIV/AIDS (3)
This course is intended to serve as a broad introduction to the study of HIV/AIDS. Epidemiology refers to the distribution of disease within a population, and is concerned with the causes and risk factors that influence health and its outcomes. The biology of HIV infection refers to the physiologic processes and cellular processes involved in HIV infection and its treatment. The overall goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the biological process by which HIV causes infection and AIDS, and to provide skills in finding current epidemiological data on HIV/AIDS and interpreting it. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

PHC 6447 – Ecology of HIV/AIDS in the Rural South (3)
The causal factors, responses, and outcomes associated with HIV/AIDS in the rural south are complex and steeped within a culture that poses unique barriers to both prevention and the provision of services. The overall goal of this course is to use an ecological framework to explore and understand multilevel factors associated with (1) risk and protective behaviors; (2) testing and disclosure of HIV status; (3) availability and sources of social support; (4) need for and use of medical, psychological, and social services; and (5) the development and use of culturally appropriate interventions. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

Pick 2 of the following courses:

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.

PHC 6002 – Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3)
Epidemiology, prevention, and control of infectious diseases impacting local, national, and global community health; epidemiology methods used in disease surveillance and measures used in slowing or preventing spread of disease. –Prerequisite: PHC 6001 and PHC 6050. 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 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 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.

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.

PHC 6937* – Community Assessment and Partnerships (3)
Knowledge, skills, and methods for conducting community health assessments to identify factors that affect the health of a population. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: Create a comprehensive plan for conducting a community assessment; Develop partnerships with community members, organizations, and stakeholders; Determine appropriate assessment methods; Develop instruments for data collection, both quantitative and qualitative; Report findings from an assessment; and Communicate findings to stakeholders. – Prerequisite: PHC 6410 or 6406. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

*There are currently several courses in this program with the same PHC 6937 course number as these courses are classified as “Special Topics” courses with UF. They will be assigned new course numbers in the future.

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  • 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.