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College of Osteopathic Medicine offers new graduate certificate in Social Medicine

Certificate in Social Medicine

Attention: Starting immediately, Graduate Certificates will no longer be available. Enrolled students can either complete their existing certificate programs or consult with their advisor to explore the possibility of transitioning into a master's degree program.

Growing national and international trends call for better educational and training frameworks to define requirements, apply principles, teach processes and measure the competency of physicians. The Certificate in Social Medicine is designed to address these needs and enhance the learning experiences for residents to achieve program competencies. Medical residents and program directors will collaborate with their knowledge and skills working together in this graduate-level program.

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The Graduate Certificate Program in Social Medicine evaluates the overall quality of applicants, including academic achievement, personal motivation, knowledge about the public health profession, health care and life experiences and recommendations.

Criteria for admission to the certificate program are as follows.

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • Applicants enrolled in another area of study within Nova Southeastern University must be in good academic standing and provide a letter of recommendation from the dean or program director of that program.
  • All application materials must be received in a timely manner.


Students will complete a total of 5 courses (3 credits each):

Public Health- Choose 1 (3 credits)

  • PUH 5016 - Health Promotion Programs: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • PUH 5201 - Foundations of Public Health
  • PUH 5301 - Biostatistics
  • PUH 5430 - Epidemiology
  • PUH 5512 - Health Policy Planning and Management

Health Informatics- Choose 1 (3 credits)

  • MI 5100 - Survey of Medical Informatics
  • MI 5110 - Fundamental of Data Analytics
  • MI 6405 - Public Health Informatics
  • MI 6407 - Grant Writing
  • MI 6413 - Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt for Health Care

Disaster and Emergency Management- Choose 1 (3 credits)

  • DEM 6404 - Community Planning, Response, and Recovery for Families and Children
  • DEM 6424 - Community Disaster Preparedness
  • DEM 6500 - Epidemiology of Disasters
  • DEM 6510 - Public Health Issues in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Elective- choose a course from any of those listed above (3 credits)

Global Health Experience (3 credits)

  • PUH 5314 Global Health
  • 30 hours of approved community service
  • Participation in 1 KPCOM- NSU medical outreach program

Total credits: 15


At the completion of the Certificate in Social Medicine program, students will have completed course offerings which may be applied to a master's degree in one of the following 3 programs.

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Informatics
  • Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management

Courses underlined are accepted in all three programs.

Students must follow the application process for the respective chosen program, but the credits earned for the courses taken in earning the certificate will be transferred to the degree program.


Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

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