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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.

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) Summer 3
Public Health Communication (PUH 5210) Fall 3
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (PUH 5002) Winter 3
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (PUH 6120) 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/Application Procedures

Applicants must submit

  1. A completed online application along with a nonrefundable application fee of $50. Online applications available at
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional education (the applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.) Please note that preference will be given to applicants with an undergraduate CUM GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization. Agencies that can complete this evaluation can be found at  

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’ Processing Services. 

  1. demonstration of English proficiency by any applicant whose native language is not English or who has graduated from a college or university where English is not the primary language, regardless of U.S. residency status (The standardized tests below currently satisfy NSU’s and this program’s English requirement for nonnative speakers.)
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 213 on the computer-based test or 79–80 on the Internet-based test
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.0 on the test module
    • GMAT: score of 450
    • GRE: score of 1,000 (old format) or 306 (new format)
    • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): score of at least 500 in the reading section
    • American College Test (ACT): score of at least 20 on the verbal section

Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to the center where you applied. Proof of English language competency can also be in the form of successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education.

Applicants may apply for matriculation into any one of three semesters (fall, winter, or summer). The Committee on Admissions for the NSU-KPCOM Public Health 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 and Professor of Public Health
Nicole Cook, Ph.D., M.P.A. Associate Professor of Public Health
Josiah Alamu, Ph.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Public Health
Melissa Boguslawski, Ph.D., M.P.H. 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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