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Graduate Certificate in Applied Health Research

Basic Degree Information/Description

The graduate certificate in Applied Health Research is designed to meet the needs of students who want to develop skills related to community & applied public health research. These students include those with a general background in health education, health promotion, psychology, nutrition, or other related field. The certificate provides students with an understanding of the scope and skills associated with applied health research, especially community-based participatory research. The certificate will be offered 100% online and provides the opportunity to gain critical skills in responsibilities and competencies related to both health educator certification and public health research.

Program Options

The certificate coursework allows students to develop skills to identify potential data sources and determine appropriate study designs. In addition, the coursework will expose students to utilizing data collection methods that yield reliable and valid data; conducting descriptive and inferential analysis of data; interpreting epidemiological studies and using epidemiological findings to inform community health research projects.

Students pursuing this program will complete the following courses:

KAH 5083 Epidemiology

KAH 5353 Research Methods in Community & Public Health

KAH 5363 Data Management and Descriptive Statistics

KAH 5373 Inferential Statistics

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program will be required to apply for admission to UTSA as a special (non-degree-seeking) graduate student and to indicate their intent to seek admission into a certificate program. Applicants will be required to meet university admission requirements for special graduate students. Once admitted as a special graduate student, the student will contact the Certificate Program Advisor and complete a form requesting permission to enter and complete the certificate program. The [Applied Health Research Certificate] Program Advisor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Education and Human Development will sign the certificate form. A copy of this form will be sent to The Graduate School.

Departmental entrance requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, Psychology, Nutrition, or Dietetics. Closely related degrees will be considered based on completed coursework.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, though students with a 3.0 GPA in their last two years will be considered.
  • To maintain enrollment in the certificate program, students should maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout tenure in the program.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation with specified criteria to address.
  • Statement of Purpose in pursuing the certificate

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required with specific criteria to be addressed.

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Specific Degree Requirements: See Catalog

Graduate Studies Application: Yes, unless already a currently enrolled degree-seeking graduate student.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of RecordErica Sosa, Ph.D.

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Telephone: (210) 458-5053

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