Community Health Management

community health management


The Public Health Certificate with an emphasis in Community Health Management includes courses that will build a foundation in public health with a focus on its application in the field of community health. It is comprised of courses that focus on public health communication, management of healthcare systems and understanding the current trends in healthcare.

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.


Community Health Certificate Course Plan

Applicants will choose their specific plan of study and course schedule when completing the departmental application. Course schedules are listed at

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

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.

PHC 6195 – Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods (3)
Social and behavioral science (SBS) is a core area in public health. A critical skill for SBS students is the ability to develop and to communicate health information that is appropriate for specific audiences, including high-risk populations, and can effectively increase knowledge AND change attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. This is an introductory course; as such, we will be examining basic concepts and social scientific research in persuasive communication to gain an understanding of how individuals process and respond to public health information. The overall aims of the course are to: (a) survey the critical components of health information using relevant theories and research; (b) introduce qualitative and quantitative methods of gathering target populations’ health attitudes and perceptions and designing population-specific health information; and (c) practice developing health information products. Each class will consist of theoretical and methodological lectures/discussions as well as presentations of relevant research. The success of the course will depend heavily upon active class participation. That said, students are strongly encouraged to present their thoughts and ideas; ask critical questions; and listen and respond respectfully to the ideas and inquiries of others.  Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

Pick 2 of the following courses:

PHC 6104 – Evidence-based Management of Public Health Programs (3)
Techniques and procedures for monitoring achievement of a program’s objectives, generating evidence of program effectiveness, and assessing impacts in public health settings. Focus on evaluation framework that leads to evidence-based decision-making in public health. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

HSA 6115 – Introduction to Management of Health Services Organizations (3)
Organizational principles and practices as applied to management. This course covers organizational theory, managerial role, managing groups, work design, and organization design. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

PHC 6251 – Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (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. 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.

For more information, please contact Katherine Pizarro at