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Certificate in Health Education Online

The Graduate Certificate in Health Education is designed to provide Health Care Workers (government/private non-profit), College Graduates, Nurses, Physicians, Teachers and others with the opportunity to study the fundamental principles, concepts, and skills applied to health education and health promotion and at the graduate level. Click here for more information about jobs related to this program.

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Health Education is designed to enable the student to learn the fundamental principles, concepts, and skills applied to health education, health promotion, and disease prevention at the graduate level. This certificate consists of 15 credit hours of graduate-level public health courses presented using online (Canvas) technology. Our online classes are both synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous sessions are those in which all students and the instructor are online at the same time. These usually include lectures, presentations, discussions, and sometimes group work. Students and instructors use audio during each session. There is a weekly schedule when students all meet together with the instructor. Attendance is counted just as if students were attending class on campus. Please note that for each online class you are required to participate fully in the synchronous sessions according to your class syllabus.

A student who wishes to pursue the Certified Health Education Specialists National Certification (CHES) may take 10 additional credit hours of recommended coursework as a nondegree-seeking student to meet the 25 credit hours and additional competencies required to be eligible for the national certification examination.

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Curriculum* (15 Credits)

Course Name Semester offfered Credit Hours
Principles of Health Education (PUH 5115) Fall 3
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (PUH 5002) Winter 3
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (PUH 6120) Winter 3
Public Health Communication (PUH 5210) Summer 3
Community Health Assessment (PUH 5431) Summer 3

* Certificate students have up to 2 years to complete the required course of study. Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B to be eligible for the certificate.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Completed application form
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One letter of recommendation (Academic)
  • Undergrad GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale is preferred

* Undergraduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalent. Please visit International Students and Scholars website for Credential Evaluation Services.

* Any applicant who has graduated from a college or university in another country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United states residency status, must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the written, 213 on the computerized, or 79-80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official set of scores must be sent directly from the educational testing Service to NSU's Enrollment and Processing Service.

* The Admissions Committee of the NSU-COM MPH Program will review all applications to this program and make recommendations to the Program Director and subsequently the Dean of the College.


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Cyril Blavo, D.O., M.S., M.P.H., T.M., FACOP Chair/Program Director and Professor of Public Health
Claudia A. Serna, Ph.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., MCHES, CPH Assistant Professor of Public Health
Michelle Doldren, Ed.D., M.P.H., CHES Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health
Delia Harper-Celestine, M.P.H., CHES Assistant Professor of Public Health
Odoo McCallum, M.P.H., CHES Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health



How much will this program cost me?

Please visit the tuition and fees page.

What are my financing options to pay for the program?

Majority of students use loans to finance their education.

How long will it take me to complete this certificate program?

Certificate students have up to 2 years to complete the certificate program.

What are the chances of getting a job when I successfully complete the certificate program?

Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Education would have enhanced their ability to conduct health education/health promotion for not-for-profit social/health service agencies, and similar organizations.

Students may enhance their job opportunities further by pursuing national certification (CHES - Certified Health Education Specialist).

After I complete the certificate program, will I be eligible to enter the MPH Program?

If after taking classes in the M.P.H. Program, a certificate seeking student decides to pursue the M.P.H. degree, the student must submit a new and complete application to the program to become a degree-seeking student, and must meet all the requirements for admission to the M.P.H. degree program.

Previous coursework taken as a nondegree-seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.P.H. degree-seeking program, but may be transferable if performance equals or exceeds the grade of B in each course.

Where can I obtain more information on similar certificate programs?

Council on Education for Public Health

Association of Schools of Public Health

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