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Brooks College of Health Graduate Certificates

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling (AAT-C) consists of 3 courses and provides specialized training and supervised practice in the ethical and humane inclusion of animals in the psychotherapeutic environment by credentialed mental health professionals. The curriculum is in alignment with the American Counseling Association (ACA) AAT-C Competencies of Practice. The AAT-C certificate may be completed by Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) students using the available 9 credits of elective coursework in the CMHC program of study. It is also open to School Counseling, Social Work, and Psychology graduate students pursuing a clinical learning track and/or post-graduate healthcare professionals for whom counseling or psychotherapy is part of their regular scope of practice.

Students who complete the UNF Graduate Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling will be able to:

  • Interpret and apply the ACA AAT-C Competencies to practice in the CMHC setting.
  • Articulate processes necessary to gain species-specific registrations needed for ethical practice.
  • Classify animal welfare risks inherent in the utilization of animals in the counseling setting.
  • Analyze attitudes, beliefs and acculturative experiences through experiential learning actives that foster student understanding of self, counselor identity and ethical practice especially with culturally diverse clients.
  • Demonstrate ethical AAT-C practice congruent with identified evidence-based theories of counseling for assessment and interventions for treatment, personal growth and wellness.  

Admissions Requirements

All application materials must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School.

New CMHC program applicants:  

  • Meet all admissions requirements as outlined on the CMHC website
  • Submit a 1-2 page essay that addresses the following
    • Interest in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling
    • Experience in working with animals, human-animal bond and/or the inclusion of animals and/or nature in healthcare or education
    • Expectations for professional use of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling Certificate
  • One letter of recommendation

Current CMHC, School Counseling, Social Work or Psychology graduate students:  

  • Submit the essay as described above
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor

Post-graduate community health/mental healthcare providers:  

  • Meet all admission requirements of The Graduate School as outlined below: https://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/prospective/admissions/Application_Requirements.aspx
  • Submit a 1-2 page essay that addresses the following
    • Interest in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling 
    • Experience in working with animals, human-animal bond and/or the inclusion of animals and/or nature in healthcare or education 
    • Expectations for professional use of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling Certificate 
  • Submit a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae  
  • One professional letter of recommendation 

Applied Public Health & Medical Education Research Certificate 

This 15-credit (5 courses) Graduate Certificate in Applied Public Health and Medical Education Research aims to improve the understanding and skills of medical education faculty allowing them to blend public health, research and teaching. Courses are selected based on individual needs addressing topics such as formulating research questions and designing studies, measuring health and educational outcomes with reliability and validity, competency-based evaluation, program evaluation and evaluation research, adult learning theory and training, curriculum development and assessment, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Medical faculty will learn alongside MPH and Education graduate students to apply principles to the healthcare and medical education fields.   

Admission Requirements 

University requirements: 

  • UNF admission application and fee 
  • 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:

  • Resume 
  • This certificate is only open to hospital academic faculty, residents or fellows 

Global Health Administration Certificate

The 12 credit Graduate Certificate in Global Health Administration aims to train future global healthcare leaders through an exchange of cultural, clinical, and educational knowledge and skills. It will help students formulate global health services policies, improve quality of care and service delivery within different health systems, plan health programs within diverse cultures, and manage global health programs.

Students who complete the UNF Graduate Certificate in Global Health Administration will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast differences in the U. S. Health System and other International Health Systems
  • Evaluate global health programs to maximize contributions to effective policy, enhanced practice, and improved health outcomes
  • Work effectively within diverse cultural settings and across national and international political landscapes
  • Apply leadership theories and a system approach to health services management, including strategic planning, budgeting, and resource allocation
Admissions Requirements
  • A Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of a 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
  • Application and Application to the University by posted deadline (Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next year, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Global Health Certificate 

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. Students 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.

Admissions Requirements

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

Interprofessional Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

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

Admissions Requirements

  • Application to the University of North Florida (Deadline: August 1 for fall admission)
  • Official transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution in a life science, health science, health administration, business administration, nursing or computing science
  • GPA of a 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
  • Current resume
  • Brief statement, no more than 250 words, describing your purpose for pursuing a graduate certificate in health informatics and how this certificate will complement your professional goals.

Mental Health Sexology

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. This 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 Requirements
All application materials must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School.
  • 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.
  • 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

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.
  • Application Deadlines: Fall Term: August 1 with an approximate enrollment of 6 students

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate track is designed to be a post-MSN non-degree seeking option for those who do not wish to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This program is designed for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), are licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), hold national certification as a Nurse Practitioner (NP), and wish to become certified as a PMHNP. The curriculum for the program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006) and the National Organization for Nursing Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs. The program objectives build upon those for the masters in nursing program.

This program requires 30 credits and 750 clinical hours and will admit its first students for Fall 2021 enrollment. The PMHNP Certificate program is designed to include education and preparation that will assist the student to acquire the advanced knowledge and clinical skills to provide best practices and comprehensive care to clients across the lifespan. The clinical component of this program will focus on the mental health care needs of individuals and families whether in outpatient, inpatient, or private practice settings.

The program currently offers online studies in this track with courses following the traditional full-length semesters. Note that financial aid is not available for the certificate track as it is not a degree program.

Admissions Requirements

The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the Post-MSN PMHNP Certificate track include:

  • Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC);
  • Active national certification as a nurse practitioner (copy of actual certification showing expiration date is required);
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30;Current licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure showing expiration date is required); and, 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of all nursing roles/experiences.
For assistance with self-uploads of materials, please contact the UNF Graduate School at (904) 620-1360.

Note: Agencies in the community may require proof of negative TB test, current CPR, or other immunization or background information. In those instances, it is the student's responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the agency.

Additionally, there are specific technology requirements for the program. Please review the link located on the right-hand menu of the School of Nursing homepage for the most up-to-date university technology requirements. 

 

Public Health Certificate

The Graduate Public Health Certificate consists of six 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 PHC Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester. The full-time program can be completed in 1 year and the part time in 2 years. The program is hybrid and requires approximately 50% face-to-face instruction and 50% online instruction. Students spend approximately 1-2 evenings per week in class. This format makes the UNF PHC Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peers.    

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field may be accepted into the PHC Program; there are no pre-requisites. 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.

Admissions Process

PHC Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow/). The UNF PHC Program only considers applications for new students for the fall term of each year. The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School by the published deadline.

Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions documenting a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US 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.