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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.

Medical faculty who complete the UNF Graduate Certificate in Applied Public Health and Medical Education Research will be able to:

  1. Construct research questions and study designs for healthcare and educational scholarship.
  2. Summarize basic quantitative principles in research: hypothesis testing, Type 1 and Type 2 errors, power, sample size, confidence interval, and statistical significance.
  3. Apply principles of reliability and validity in measuring healthcare and educational outcomes.
  4. Design, implement and analyze questionnaires and surveys for healthcare and education.
  5. Describe qualitative research techniques such as focus groups, interviews, observation field notes, open-ended questions that can be used for curriculum, program or performance evaluation.
  6. Develop curricula designed for adult learners.
  7. Evaluate the effectiveness of educational strategies or programs utilized in teaching adults.

Special Notes

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Please visit the Department of Financial Aid for more information regarding eligibility.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Elissa Barr

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume
      • This certificate is only open to hospital academic faculty, residents or fellows