The School of Community Health Sciences Introduces Three New Certificate Programs

Mar. 24, 2016

Infection Prevention Certificate (Online Program)

This Certificate will provide students with an advanced level of knowledge of the healthcare infection prevention program. The program will allow the student to pursue a leadership position in a variety of healthcare venues, including healthcare systems, health departments, and hospitals and clinics.

Individuals who currently possess a Bachelor's degree or higher and are in the field of Infection Prevention would be interested in a formal program for this field that does not require the investment to obtain an MPH, or who are in remote areas and cannot access a live academic program. 

Applicants will complete an online application from the Graduate College. The application will be submitted to the School of Community Health Sciences and reviewed by the Academic Standards (Admissions) Committee. Applications are accepted year round, but must be received by the Graduate College deadlines for the semester of admission.

The requirements for this Certificate include the possession of a Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline (e.g., Nursing, Microbiology, Public Health).  Completion of the Certificate will require completion of 4 courses (12 credit hours) in an 18-month period.  As each of the courses within the certificate is independent of other courses, there is no "start" or "stop" in the program.  Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of "B".  There is no culminating experience required.

Program of Study:

EOH - 730 - Overview of the Healthcare Infection Prevention Program
EOH - 701 - Measurement Techniques in Infection Prevention
EOH - 750 - Healthcare Facility Infection Prevention Programs
EAB - 725 - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, or
EOH - 747 - Transmission of Infectious Disease

Public Health Certificate 

The Certificate in Public Health will provide students with a foundation in the four core subdisciplines of public health with the overall goal of promoting and protecting the health of individuals in our society. The Certificate is primarily designed for public health professionals in the private and public sectors who do not have, or are unable to pursue an MPH but who seek formalized training in fundamental elements of the field. The Certificate will prepare students to take the National Certification in Public Health exam, an important new credential for the public health workforce.  Students who complete the certificate will have the option of completing the MPH degree without having to re-take the core classes. The Certificate can be completed entirely with on-line courses or with a combination of on-line and on-campus courses.  

This Certificate is intended to provide an alternative for professionals with a Bachelor's degree working in a public health related field that are unable to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, but who want recognition for foundational knowledge in public health. The Certificate program will prepare those who complete the program to take the National Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam.  This Certificate will not supplant the MPH; it will provide an option for advancement for working professionals in public health positions.  Students who complete the certificate will have the option of completing the MPH degree without having to re-take the core classes.  It is anticipated that the Certificate coursework will interest students in continuing their education toward the MPH degree.

The Certificate is especially designed for the public health workforce (those working for organizations such as the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and area non-profit organizations) seeking formal education and training in core areas of public health.  Many of our partner organizations have expressed interest in a certificate program. 

Applicants will complete an online application from the Graduate College.  The application will be submitted to the School of Community Health Sciences and reviewed by the Academic Standards (Admissions) Committee.  Applications are accepted year round, but must be received by the Graduate College deadlines for the semester of admission.

The Certificate program will be open to non-degree seeking students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.  There is no culminating experience required.  Students will complete the six core classes currently required for all MPH students:

EOH 710/HED 710 - Fundamentals of Public Health 
EOH 740 - Fundamentals of Environmental Health  
EAB 705 - Epidemiology and Public Health  
HCA 701 - U.S. Health Care System: Programs and Policies  
HED 720 - Program Planning and Grant Writing in Health Promotion  
EAB 703 - Biostatistical Methods for the Health Sciences

Global Health and Implementation Science Certificate

The Certificate in Global Health and Implementation Science will provide students with an advanced understanding of implementation research and a solid skill-base for designing research studies and writing strong research proposals. In addition, the Certificate program will provide students the opportunity to take the core courses required for the Global and Environmental Health track of the Ph.D. in Public Health at UNLV without having to leave their country of residence, job and families. Graduates of the Certificate program will be well-positioned to enroll in and complete the doctoral program at UNLV.

Courses will transfer to the Ph.D. in Public Health for the Global and Environmental Health track. Current students in any discipline will have the opportunity to garner advanced skills in global health research and implementation science, which aims to translate what we know into improved health outcomes, particularly in resource-limited settings. The Certificate program will be most important in recruiting international students who wish to obtain advanced training in research to enhance the work they are doing in a global setting. The program will provide potential students exposure to faculty expertise, scholarly opportunities, and promote our doctoral program.

Certificate student candidates will have advanced degrees in any discipline and be persons with professional experience in delivering health care, developing programs and infrastructure to promote health and well-being, and working on strategies to eliminate disparities. Graduates of the program should expect to understand how to identify and obtain funding to conduct implementation research.  They will be marketable to governmental and non-governmental institutions working on improving health outcomes.  

Applicants will complete an online application from the Graduate College. The application will be submitted to the School of Community Health Sciences and reviewed by the Academic Standards (Admissions) Committee.  Applicants will be required to submit official documentation of the applicant's master's degree, a curriculum vitae and a statement of purpose.  Applications are accepted year round, but must be received by the Graduate College deadlines for the semester of admission.

Students will be required to complete 15 credits for the Certificate program.  There is no culminating experience.  

The courses required for the certificate are: 

EAB 700 - Research Methods for Public Health
EAB 720 - Grant Writing for Epidemiology and Public Health Research
EOH 702 - Community Based Participatory Research Methods
HED 730 - Program Evaluation in Health Promotion
 

And one of the following courses:

EAB 733 - Survey Sampling for the Health Sciences EAB 753 - Nonparametric Statistics for Public Health 
EAB 763 - Linear Statistical Models EAB 773 - Survival Analysis for Public Health 
EAB 783 - Multivariate Methods for the Health Sciences