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In about the same time it takes to earn your degree, earn a certificate.

In about the same time it takes to earn your degree, earn an additional cutting-edge certificate.  Pitt Public Health offers nine unique certificates that allow students to enhance their degrees and increase job opportunities. Degree-seeking students can earn the certificates through concurrent enrollment, often without adding any additional time to their degree program. 

Certificate programs are also open to public health professionals already working in the field as 15-credit stand-alone graduate certificates. Applicants must adhere to school-wide admission requirements, and must apply through SOPHAS if not already enrolled as a degree-seeking student. 

Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice

Community-based participatory research and practice (CBPRP) has emerged as a core discipline in behavioral and social science departments within schools of public health. CBPRP is a collaborative process of research and practice that includes both researchers and community representatives. Communities are generally defined as those that share a unit of identity (e.g. social ties, geographical locations). The CBPRP process involves engaging community members, using local knowledge in the understanding of health problems, and a long-term commitment to partnership. CBPRP is oriented towards holistic interventions informed by social ecology modeling, a widely recognized approach that not only targets knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals, but also includes social factors such as family and friendship ties, community norms, and the structure of community services.

Students in the CBPRP certificate program will be able to 1) demonstrate and practice the basic tenets of community-based participatory research and practice, 2) identify methods for assessing community concerns and needs vis-à-vis specific health issues and assessing community resources, and potential community partners for address specific health issues in a community, and 3) develop strategies to work collaboratively with community members.

Evaluation of Public Health Promotion and Health Education Programs

This certificate program is designed to link the University and community in practical applied evaluation initiatives at the community level. The academic component of the certificate program is designed to provide students with a range of skills and tools to enable them to participate in various types of evaluation projects in the public health arena. The practicum experience provides an opportunity to work on an evaluation project as part of an interdisciplinary team managed by an expert in the field of program evaluation.

Health Equity

Designed to increase the cultural competency of public health and other professionals, this innovative 15-credit health equity graduate certificate program addresses the systemic root causes of health disparities. The certificate provides students with an academic foundation for achieving health equity through

  • assessing the complexity of inequities among diverse groups of marginalized populations, 
  • mobilizing communities where disparities exist,
  • developing culturally tailored interventions, and
  • advocating for healthy public policy.  

While racial and ethnic health disparities are examples of the consequences of social and economic disadvantages, disparities may also be related to sexual orientation, religion, gender, native language, age, and disability status. Whether pursuing personal interests or strengthening their career toolbox, students in the health equity  certificate program will learn to:

  1. identify and critically discuss a problem in minority health/health disparities using state-of-the-art literature,
  2. access the historical or ongoing determinants of an identified health equity issue using quantitative and/or qualitative methods,
  3. design and/or evaluate an intervention to address an identified health equity issue, as part of a multidisciplinary team, and
  4. evaluate the impact or potential impact of policy measures on overall health, health care access, and quality of care for populations experiencing health disparities.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals' Health and Wellness

LGBT health and wellness focuses on a public health perspective on social, cultural, and individual factors that influence the health and well-being of LGBT communities. There are conceptual and practical skills necessary to identify, analyze, and address health issues of the LGBT communities. These skills include the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to improve health levels among LGBT populations as well as the conduct of intervention research, epidemiological research, and policy analysis to enhance the health and well-being of individuals related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity/presentation. This 15-credit certificate program offers students an opportunity to learn from and work with leading faculty and researchers in the field of LGBT health.

Students in this certificate program will be able to 
  1. identify principal health disparities among LGBT populations to justify proposed possible public health interventions to address disparities, 
  2. apply specific theory as guides in designing research or programmatic activities to address disparities that exist among LGBT populations,
  3. demonstrate understanding of health and wellness policies that affect LGBT populations, such as: demonstrating how provision of health and wellness services to LGBT populations results in overall lower health care costs in a larger community; demonstrating an understanding of efficacy and effectiveness data guide policy decisions; understanding the process of effecting change or influencing policy decision making, etc., 
  4. demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to develop a fund-able grant application addressing specific research methods required for studies involving LGB and/or T populations (such as approaches to select appropriate samples for research questions involving LGBT individuals; measures and methods of data collection tailored for LGBT populations and unique sub populations; and an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of various means of data collection, such as: chart review, self-administered written questionnaires, interview administered questionnaires, computer assisted questionnaires, and online/web-based questionnaires, telephone interviewing, applying ethical principles to LGBT health related research and intervention programs with a specific focus on recruitment and confidentiality of disparate sub-populations and responsibility to the community as regards sharing of data with community for future program planning.), and 
  5. apply ethical principles to LGBT health related research and intervention programs with a specific focus on recruitment and confidentiality of disparate sub-populations and responsibility to the community as regards sharing of data with community for future program planning. 

Students will also be familiar with basic public health knowledge in areas other than their own specialty and know how to access resources and information in these content areas:

  • surveillance and epidemiology
  • communication
  • psychosocial effects of discrimination
  • information technology
  • individual and family support services
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