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Mental Health Sexology Graduate Certificate

This 12-credit graduate certificate in Mental Health Sexology is housed within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and provides specialized research training to post-baccalaureate students. The sexual and mental/behavioral health fields have shared several common goals throughout their histories. Today, there is continued need for trained research professionals that understand how the fields of sexual health and mental health work together to prevent poor health outcomes (e.g., sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, sexual assault) and support greater sexual and mental wellness (e.g., decrease suicide rate of LGBT persons, increase relationship satisfaction, strengthen personal identity and agency). This 12-credit graduate certificate is designed to provide students with the training necessary to knowledgeably and ethically conduct mental health sexological research within whatever field they work. This graduate certificate is research-focused, with students working closely with a member of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty throughout the certificate program.

Admission to the Program

University Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program Requirements

  • Scientific writing sample
    • Can be a paper for a course, a published article, or any other work that evidences scientific writing ability
  • Personal essay
    • 1-2 pages discussing: 
    • Experience and/or interest in sexual health and wellness and mental health,
    • Experience and/or interest in research activity, and
    • Explanation of how the certificate will support future educational and career goals
  • One letter of recommendation
    • Professional

Application Deadlines

Fall Term: August 1

Approximate Enrollment: 6


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Special Notes about the Program

  • Non-degree seeking students enrolled in certificate programs are NOT eligible for financial aid.
  • Current CMHC students wishing to complete the certificate within their degree program should discuss this with their faculty advisor before the Summer semester of their first year.
  • Anticipated costs include:
    • Graduate School Application Fee: $ 30
    • Course Tuition & Fees: $495 per credit hr ($1,485 per course) for Florida residents
    • Books: $175
    • Estimated Total Certificate Cost $6,145*  

Certificate Requirements (12 credits) 

Required (9 credits)

  • MHS6470 Sexual Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • MHS6905 Directed Individual Study (6 credits)
    • *Students will take 3 credits of MHS6905 in the Fall and 3 credits in the Spring 

Electives (3 credits)

  • HSC6138 Sexuality Education (3 credits)
  • HSC6165 Global Sexuality and Reproductive Health (3 credits)
  • PHI5627 Ethics of Sex and Gender (3 credits)
  • *Other graduate courses as approved by Certificate Coordinator

Course Sequencing


  • MHS6905 Directed Individual Study (3 credits)
  • ELECTIVE (3 credits)


  • MHS6905 Directed Individual Study (3 credits)
  • MHS6470 Sexual Issues in Counseling (3 credits)


Robert J. Zeglin, PhD, NCC, LMHC (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor and CMHC Program Director

Founding Editor, Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness

Director, Community Sexual Health Education & Research Initiative

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Brooks College of Health | Department of Public Health

University of North Florida

1 UNF Dr.

Jacksonville, FL 32224

(904) 620-5048