Graduate University Policies
**Admission will no longer be available for this certificate.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of five required courses. The PHC Program prepares participants with a broad
understanding of the core areas of public health and skills necessary for
public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions.
This certificate is ideal for those students who are working on a
Master’s degree in another field, but have an interest in or plan to work in a
public health setting, or for professionals who are working in the field but do
not have a degree in public health. The PHC is offered through the Master
of Public Health (MPH) program. MPH faculty teach the required PHC courses, and
students take courses along with MPH students. The UNF MPH Program is
nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The UNF PHC courses are offered in a mixed-delivery (sometime referred to as "hybrid") format. Each course is offered in one of three ways: 1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid. Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm. DL courses are offered online. Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face. This format makes the UNF PHC Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peer. Students typically complete the program in one year. Students typically meet on campus one to two nights per week on average. The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester.
Students enrolled in any UNF graduate program may earn the
Public Health Certificate, but students are not required to be admitted to a
UNF graduate program. There are no pre-requisite courses required; individuals
with a bachelor’s degree in any field may be accepted into the PHC
Program. Acceptance into the PHC Program is dependent on student
eligibility and space in the program. Students who have graduated from the MPH
Program or are enrolled in the MPH Program are not eligible to earn the
Certificate. All courses for the Certificate must be completed at the
University of North Florida.
The 12 credit UNF graduate Interprofessional Certificate in Healthcare Informatics consists of 4 courses from the Brooks College of Health, Coggin College of Business, and the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction. It was developed by an interdisciplinary faculty group responding to community need identified by focus groups for professionals trained in HIT, community partners and leaders. It is designed for information professionals, clinical personnel and other healthcare personnel who want to increase their knowledge regarding information technology and management of the complex and organization issues which are present in healthcare at the graduate level. The objective of this certificate program is to expose students to modern health IT, including data acquisition and analysis, systems design, data security and decision processing. The UNF graduate Interprofessional certificate in health informatics focuses on electronic medical data generated and stored in healthcare organizations, ITS security and applications. For more information visit the Health Informatics website.
The 12 credit Graduate Certificate Program in Global Health was developed and designed to meet the needs for global health competencies set forth by several of the Brooks College of Health accrediting bodies. Global health is an interdisciplinary field that relies on a broad knowledge base to create innovative solutions to challenging health problems in resource poor settings. This program will provide graduate students an opportunity to do at least one international study abroad course, two required graduate courses in global health (one of those requires working with a refugee population in North Florida), and one elective course which may be an additional study abroad or a discipline specific course related to international or global health issues. Understanding issues related to global health is central to preparation for working on emerging global issues such as sustainability of food and water resources, disease transmission and management, epidemics, and health care delivery in compromised settings.
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