Public Health Graduate Programs
The Master of Public Health degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in Public Health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in epidemiology, developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting Public Health related research. UNF MPH students are provided with a broad understanding of the core areas of Public Health combined with a focus on one of two concentrations: epidemiology or health promotion/health education. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address Public Health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for Public Health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs, or school settings.
The UNF Master of Public Health Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates are eligible to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
The mission of the UNF Master's Program in Mental Health Counseling is to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. This program provides students with an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment which encompasses academic rigor and promotes excellence, ethical and professional integrity, and effective interpersonal communication and therapeutic skills. Curricular experiences include opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings.
The program prepares Mental Health Counselors to:
- Provide direct counseling services to individuals, groups, and families
- Assist clients in making responsible decisions and in developing skills of self determination
- Provide resources, referrals, and information to assist clients in coping with societal, economic, and other barriers
- Serve as models and mentors to clients as they pursue optimum levels of mental health
- Advocate for clients' rights through participation in community, state, and national organizational efforts
- Become leaders in community agencies in efforts to facilitate delivery of optimum mental health services
The Public Health Certificate (PHC) Program 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 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Health aims to improve understanding of topics related to emerging global health issues such as sustainability of food and water resources, disease transmission and management, epidemics, and health care delivery in compromised settings. 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 provides graduate students an opportunity to complete one required and three elective graduate courses in global health. Electives include discipline specific courses and study abroad opportunities. The program may be completed fully online depending on elective courses selected. This certificate is open to post-baccalaureate or current graduate students with an interest in global health.