Graduate Certificate in Health
Basic Degree Information/Description
This 12-hour certificate in Health is designed to meet the needs of students who want to contribute to the emerging field of community health. The certificate provides students with an understanding of both the scope and skills associated with community health across a variety of settings.
The certificate will be offered 100% online and will provide critical skills in responsibilities and competencies related to health educator certification and public health practice, and evaluation. It is designed to equip students interested in meeting the need for community health practitioners, especially in South Texas.
The Health certificate allows students to expeditiously engage in both community and public health collaborations to address the urgent health needs of South Texas. This training is critical to addressing increasing rates of chronic health-related diseases along the Texas-Mexico border. Students earning the certificate will be trained to contribute to health promotion projects and engage and mobilize communities in promoting health.
Students pursuing this program will complete the following courses:
KAH 5063 Health Behavior Theory
KAH 5303 Community Health
KAH 5133 Health Program Planning and Implementation
KAH 5383 Health Program Evaluation
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 [Community Nutrition 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.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet certificate program regulations.
||A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||Two professional letters of recommendation with specified criteria to address.
| Statement of Purpose
||Statement of Purpose in pursuing the certificate.
| Test Scores
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, email@example.com, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.