Update: UTSA's ongoing monitoring of the Coronavirus outbreak
Public Health
Menu
Graduate Certificates

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, Psychology, Nutrition, or Dietetics. Closely related degrees will be considered based on completed coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, though students with a 3.0 GPA in their last two years will be considered
  • To maintain enrollment in the certificate program, students should maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout tenure in the program
  • Two professional letters of recommendation with specified criteria to address
  • Statement of Purpose in pursuing the certificate

 

Graduate Certificate in Applied Health Research

Purpose of Program

The graduate certificate in Applied Health Research is designed to meet the needs of students who want to develop skills related to community & applied public health research. Students with a background in health education, health promotion, psychology, nutrition, or other related fields may find the program particularly beneficial. The certificate provides students with an understanding of the scope and skills associated with applied health research, especially community-based participatory research. The certificate will be offered 100% online and provides the opportunity to gain critical skills in responsibilities and competencies related to both health educator certification and public health research.

Program Options

The certificate coursework allows students to develop skills to identify potential data sources and determine appropriate study designs. In addition, the coursework will expose students to utilizing data collection methods that yield reliable and valid data; conducting descriptive and inferential analysis of data; interpreting epidemiological studies and using epidemiological findings to inform community health research projects.

Students pursuing this program will complete the following courses:

KAH 5083   Epidemiology

KAH 5353   Research Methods in Community & Public Health

KAH 5363   Data Management and Descriptive Analytics

KAH 5373   Inferential Statistics

Career Opportunities

The skills acquired through this Applied Health Research certificate may make students more competitive for roles as entry-level researchers in a variety of settings related to community and public health. Students can become more informed consumers of research findings and more readily identify evidence-based programs. Additionally, the certificate can help prepare students for future graduate work in community & public health.

 

Graduate Certificate in Community Nutrition

Purpose of Program

The 12 hour certificate in Community Nutrition is designed to meet the needs of students who want to contribute to the emerging field of community and public health nutrition. The certificate provides students with an understanding of both the scope and skills associated with community nutrition education and promotion. Specifically, this certificate is offered to equip students to fill the growing need for community nutrition practitioners, especially in south Texas. The Community Nutrition graduate certificate will be offered 100% online and will provide critical knowledge regarding nutrition needs across lifespan.

Program Options

The certificate in Community Nutrition addresses the growing need for community & public health professionals with nutrition backgrounds. The certificate coursework provides students with a strong foundation in community nutrition content, evidence-based practices, and exposure to the professional roles associated with nutrition programs and policy in dietary behaviors.

Students pursuing this program will complete the following courses:

KAH 6053   Nutrition in Health and Disease

KAH 5323   Community Nutrition

KAH 5343   Public Policy and Nutrition

KAH 5333   Nutrition through the Lifecycle

Career Opportunities

The Community Nutrition certificate enables you to become competitive for careers in public health departments; community health centers; food banks; USDA Cooperative Extension services; Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP); migrant worker programs; non-profit organizations; and, restaurants. Additionally, the certificate can help prepare you for future graduate work in nutrition, health, or a similar area.

 

Graduate Certificate in Health

Purpose of Program

The 12-hour certificate in Health is designed to meet the needs of students who want to contribute to the emerging field of community health. The certificate provides students with an understanding of both the scope and skills associated with community health across a variety of settings.

The certificate will be offered 100% online and will provide critical skills in responsibilities and competencies related to health educator certification, public health practice, and evaluation. The certificate is designed to prepare students who are interested in becoming community health practitioners, especially in South Texas.

Program Options

The Health certificate allows students to engage in both community and public health collaborations to address the urgent health needs of South Texas. This training is critical to addressing increasing rates of chronic diseases along the Texas-Mexico border. Students earning the certificate will be trained to contribute to health promotion projects and engage and mobilize communities in promoting health.

Students pursuing this program will complete the following courses:

KAH 5063   Health Behavior Theory

KAH 5303   Community Health

KAH 5133   Health Program Planning and Implementation

KAH 5383   Health Program Evaluation

Career Opportunities

Students can use the skills learned in the Health Certificate to pursue careers in community & public health, such as with local health departments and non-profit organizations and other governmental organizations. Additionally, this certificate provides students with core knowledge about community and public health which can better prepare them for pursuing additional graduate work in this field.

Department of Public Health

Phone: 210-458-6023
Fax:
Location: MB 3.324
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644