Certificates in Public Health

Public Health Certificates in the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences


To meet the workforce development needs of public health practitioners, six online Certificate Programs in Public Health are currently available. At the graduate level, a Certificate in Public Health can emphasize:

  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Infection Control
  • Occupational Safety and Health

At the undergraduate level, a Certificate in Public Health can emphasize:

  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Readiness and Response
Forms, Course Schedule, & Registration
Certificate Honor Code
Online Registration
Intent to Pursue Form
Completion Checklist
Student Job Resource Center
Career Services/JasonQuest

Application Procedures and Cost

Please complete the Intent to Pursue Form to indicate your intent to pursue the Certificate in Public Health, attaching your resume/CV and an additional Letter of Intent to Pursue as indicated if you are missing any prerequisite requirements. This information is used to ensure you have the background to begin the Certificate program and to monitor your progress towards program completion. If your Intent to Pursue Form is approved, you will then be asked to read, sign, and submit the Certificate Honor Code Form. You can then proceed to register for courses online (after completing an application to enroll as a non-degree seeking, degree-seeking, or continuing education student). Registration assistance is available from our Academic Advisor and Certificate Program Coordinator, Enid Sisskin. Dr. Sisskin will maintain the Certificate Completion Checklist Form for you as you complete courses and can be reached at esisskin@uwf.edu or (850) 473-7473.

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The Courses

All courses in the Certificate in Public Health programs are taught online. For more specific course information, including topics and textbooks, click on the course titles below. Biosketches for particular instructors are also available on our Master of Public Health Steering Committee page. Several courses in the Certificate in Public Health programs are scheduled each semester. Students working full-time are typically encouraged to take 1 course at a time.

Applying Course to Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Some courses in the Certificate programs below may be eligible as elective courses in undergraduate or graduate programs. Please check with your academic advisor for approval prior to enrollment.


Angela Hahn, Daniel Hahn, Justice Mbizo, Enid Sisskin

Certificate in Public Health, Emergency Management: Graduate level

Faculty (left to right): 

Angela Hahn, Ph.D.
Daniel Hahn, MA, CEM, EMT-P
Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH
Enid Sisskin Ph.D.

BSC 5856 Bioterrorism
HSC 5205 Public Health Preparedness
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Benefits of the Emergency Management Certificate:

  • Students will gain an understanding of disasters and their consequences with a focus on the role of the public health response. The principles of disaster planning, prevention, and mitigation as well as the structure and organization of disaster response will be covered. Risk assessment, rapid health assessment, and surveillance will be covered. The public health response to emerging pathogens and chemical/hazardous materials will be discussed. Other topics include mental health issues, environmental services, ethical and legal issues, evaluation methods for assessing the medical and public health response, as well as discussion of complex humanitarian emergencies.
  • Students will be able to: apply the basic principles of dealing with a bioterrorist event and demonstrate an understanding of the rules governing the dissemination, propagation and management of diseases used in bioterrorism; to apply the basic principles governing the use of biological weapons; the most common clinical forms assumed by the diseases caused by these agents and the diagnosis, and prevention and treatment of these diseases; asses the risk of biowarfare/terrorist acts; draw conclusions regarding what can be expected in the way of casualties and socioeconomic disruption from use of these agents; and prepare for and respond to biowarfare/bioterrorism.

John Lanza, Julie Philippart, Enid Sisskin

Certificate in Public Health, Environmental Health: Graduate level

Faculty (left to right):

John Lanza, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, FAAP
Julie Philippart, DHSc, MT(ASCP)
Enid Sisskin, Ph.D.

PHC 6300 Environmental Health
PHC 6310 Environmental Toxicology
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
PHC 6005 Disease Transmission in the Urban Environment OR
PHC 5351 Occupational Safety in the Health Care Environment

The course "Occupational Safety in the Healthcare Environment" specifically addresses the unique challenges faced by public health practitioners in the healthcare environments. In addition to the completion of the Certificate, the "Occupational Safety in the Healthcare Environment" course prepares public health practitioners to attain professional certification as the course textbook was specifically developed as a study guide for the Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) examination offered by the Board of Certified Health and Safety Management.


Justice Mbizo, John Lanza, Julie Philippart, Enid Sisskin

Certificate in Public Health, Infection Control: Graduate level

aculty (left to right):

Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH
John Lanza, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
Julie Philippart, DHSc, MT(ASCP)
Enid Sisskin, Ph.D.

PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Diseases
BSC 5856 Bioterrorism
MCB 5273 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 

Michael Findley, William H. Bullock

Certificate in Public Health, Occupational Safety and Health: Undergraduate or Graduate level

Faculty (left to right):

Michael Findley, Ph.D., MSPH, CIH, CSP, CIE, CMR
William H. Bullock, DHSc, CIH, CSP

PHC 4341/5355 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health
PHC 4340/5356 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene: Applications to Indoor Air Quality
PHC 4363/5351 Occupational Safety in the Health Care Environment

Amid the growing recognition of the special safety and health hazards faced by public health practitioners, the need for greater emphasis on worker safety and health requires a basic understanding of occupational safety and health and indoor air environment principles by all public health practitioners. Occupational safety and health is no longer the sole responsibility of the safety professional. Public health practitioners at all levels share responsibility for worker safety and health and can be a positive influence on working conditions. The Certificate in Public Health, Occupational Safety and Health, was designed to meet the needs of public health practitioners who have collateral responsibility for worker safety and health as well those assigned primary responsibility. Completion of this Certificate provides the student a broad-based foundation in occupational safety and health that enhances recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. Occupational safety and health management tools and skills are identified and explored that can be implemented in the public practice health practitioner's work environment to bring about improvements in worker safety and health. 

"Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Heath" presents a broad overview of the field of occupational safety and health with special emphasis on the development and implementation of safety management systems. "Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene" explores the health hazards faced by public health workers and identifies techniques used to assess and control these health hazards. Recognizing the need for increased emphasis on occupational safety and health in healthcare environments, "Occupational Safety in the Healthcare Environment" specifically addresses the unique challenges faced by public health practitioners in the healthcare environments. In addition to the completion of the Certificate, the "Occupational Safety in the Healthcare Environment" course prepares public health practitioners to attain professional certification as the course textbook was specifically developed as a study guide for the Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) examination offered by the Board of Certified Health and Safety Management.


 

Angela Hahn, Daniel Hahn, Enid Sisskin

Certificate in Public Health, Readiness and Response: Undergraduate level

Faculty (left to right):

Angela Hahn, Ph.D.
Daniel Hahn, MA, CEM, EMT-P
Enid Sisskin, Ph.D.

BSC 4854 Bioterrorism
PHC 4138 Medical Disaster Management
PHC 4101

Public Health

UWF is pleased to offer its undergraduate students an opportunity to earn a certificate in Public Health Readiness and Response. Earning this certificate is a great addition to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, no matter what your degree concentration. Undergraduate students in other degree programs may also pursue this certificate. For students’ convenience, certificate courses are offered fully online. 

Three courses are required to receive this certificate, Bioterrorism, Public Health and Medical Disaster Management. Bioterrorism covers the potential for biowarfare/bioterrorist acts, how destruction is produced, and what countries/groups have access to sufficient bioagent or the capacity for producing large quantities of biological agents for use as a weapon. Wargames in which bioagents are employed, including casualty estimates and socioeconomic impact, are also discussed and played out. Government preparedness to deal with biowarfare/bioterrorism is also addressed with emphasis on plans for surveillance and response. Public Health is a survey course introducing students to the field and allowing them the opportunity to learn about the complexities of a public health practitioner. For those who may be thinking about later pursuing a Master of Public Health degree, this is a great introduction. Medical Disaster Management focuses on the disaster preparedness and recovery aspect of public health. Case studies from recent disasters serve as a basis for students to hone problem solving skills and understand the interactions between all facets of the disaster management process.

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