The certificate program is designed for post-baccalaureate and graduate students who have an interest in LGBT communities and are seeking to develop skills necessary to effectively address health issues of the LGBT communities. Core course work topics include historical development of LGBT health focus area, a systems overview of conditions of greater prevalence among LGBT populations, review of theories of personal and community based health interventions, cultural competency skill development related to LGBT health care delivery, and development of critical thinking skills. Members of the Center of LGBT Health Research provide multidisciplinary and collaborative opportunities within the academic medical center and the local community. Faculty members also work collaboratively with faculty at other universities and leaders in LGBT healthcare across the nation, which can provide additional research and learning opportunities for students.
- PUBHLT 2018 Overview of LGBT Health Disparities (2 credits, offered each fall term)
- BCHS 3503 Prevention Science: Translating Knowledge to Practice (3 credits)
- PUBHLT 2020 Advanced Topics in LGBT Research (3 credits, offered each spring term)
A minimum of seven credits in elective courses must be completed. Approved electives are listed below. Other electives may be taken with the approval of one of the certificate directors.
- BCHS 2520 Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education
- BCHS 2522 Public Health Program Planning
- BCHS 2525 Introduction to Applied Research
- BCHS 2558 Health Program Evaluation
- BCHS 3002 Health Survey Methods
- BCHS 2598/BIOST 2030 Social Inequalities in Health
- EPIDEM 2160 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
- EPIDEM 2173 Culture and Diversity in Epidemiological Research
- EPIDEM 2400 Behavioral Factors in Disease
- EPIDEM 2710 Epidemiology of Women's Health
- HPM 2002 Law and the Public's Health
- HPM 2010 Organization Studies: Theory/ Applications in Health Care
- HPM 2135 Health Policy
- HPM 2142 Managing Health of Populations
- IDM 2008 Public Health Education Methods
- IDM 2032 Human Diversity and Public Health
- IDM 2034 Control and Prevention of HIV/AIDS, STDs
- IDM 2161 Methods Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- PUBHLT 2019 Directed Study/Thesis Project on LGBT Public Health Issues (Advisor must be selected when registering for course)
Completion of a written thesis or project related to LGBT health and wellness and oral presentation of the thesis or project for peers and members of the Center for LGBT Health Research or at approved scientific meeting.
Post-baccalaureate or graduate students may apply for the program, including currently matriculated students, non-degree post-baccalaureate students who may take the certificate for academic credit (for example, public health professionals with degrees in other fields), and students from other graduate programs at the University.
The program has admissions standards equivalent to those for a master's degree at Pitt Public Health. Matriculated students must meet all departmental and school wide requirements for admission.
Applications are reviewed throughout the year. If the committee recommends admission and the assistant dean approves, the applicant receives an official letter of the offer of admission. Applicants denied admission receive a letter from the program directors with suggestions to improve qualifications should they choose to reapply.
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This program is supported by the Departments of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and is managed by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.
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