MSK and Graduate Certificate in Public Health

MSK + public health graduate certificate

Public health involves protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. With the growing awareness of the role that exercise plays in promoting wellness and preventing disease, the role of the exercise specialist with knowledge of public of health will rise in prominence as a career of choice. In addition to adding to your kinesiology expertise, this track prepares you to prevent health problems from happening or recurring through surveillance, educational programs, sound public health policies, and research.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health (15 hrs)*

This course will introduce students to basic epidemiologic concepts including determinants of health and patterns of disease in populations, population health descriptive techniques, use of health indicators and secondary data sources. Students will gain an understanding of the role of Epidemiology in developing prevention strategies and policy. Among the topics to be covered are measures of mortality and morbidity, design and analysis of observational studies, community health assessment and program evaluation.

The course focuses on Environmental Health which is the branch of public health that protects against the effects of environmental hazards that can adversely affect health or the ecological balances essential to human health and environmental quality.  The environment influences many aspects of human health and well-being.  Many diseases are initiated, promoted, sustained, or stimulated by environmental factors.  For these reasons, the interactions people have with their environment are an important component of public health.

This course is designed to introduce students to the philosophies and principles that provide the foundation for health promotion and disease prevention with an emphasis on population-based public health approaches. Students will explore topics that promote a broader and better understanding of determinants of health; the multiple factors contributing to health and illness behaviors; fundamentals, theories and principles that shed light on health and illness behaviors; and philosophies, principles and strategies that facilitate improvements in population health and the elimination of health disparities. Students will be introduced to the important complementary relationships between and comingled effects of the determinants of health with an emphasis on the social determinants of health. Students will be presented with new approaches to improve, by not only focusing on individual capacities and capabilities to address their diseases and/or ailments, but also, most importantly perhaps, focus on the conditions and contexts in which individuals have the liberty and limits to make choices that influence health and illness behaviors in many different ways.

This course explores the U.S. health care system, policy development, and ethical challenges. It examines the structure, components, organization and financing of the U.S. health care system. The policy process at national, state and local levels will be analyzed using legislation and related activities.

P: One semester of undergraduate mathematics. This course introduces the basic principles and methods of data analysis in public health biostatistics. Emphasis is placed on public health examples as they relate to concepts such as sampling, study design, descriptive statistics, probability, statistical distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, t-tests, analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation. An introduction to SAS statistical software is now a part of this course.

*Student must meet admission requirements for the School of Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a 15-credit-hour program of study. Courses for the certificate program are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. Courses are available in class or online.

In order to receive the certificate, students must complete 15 credit hours of approved public health coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Transfer credit or course waivers are not allowed as substitution for any courses in the certificate program.

NOTE: Students who have been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Public Health have two years to apply their credits toward the kinesiology master's degree. Graduates of the certificate program who do not apply to the kinesiology program within two years after completion of the certificate will not be allowed to apply the 15 credits from the certificate program toward the degree.

Important clarification: A student who uses some or all of the certificate credits toward the master’s in public health (MPH) cannot use the same credits toward the M.S. in kinesiology degree.

Admission to or successful completion of the public health certificate does not guarantee subsequent admission into the MSK  graduate programs (or the MPH).