Certificate in Public Health

Choose a UWF Graduate Certificate in Public Health in Emergency Management, Environmental Health, Infection Control, or Occupational Safety and Health


Certificate Description

To meet the workforce development needs of public health practitioners, four online Certificates in Public Health are currently available. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health can emphasize:

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

Some required courses for the graduate certificate may be eligible as elective courses in the MPH Program. Please check with your academic advisor for approval prior to enrollment.

Department Contact

Kimberlee Glover
Academic Advisor

 Phone: (850) 474-2510
 Email: kglover@uwf.edu 

Catalog Description

Certificate in Public Health: Emergency Management

Certificate in Public Health: Emergency Management

Courses

  • 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; assess 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.

 

Certificate in Public Health: Environmental Health

Certificate in Public Health: Environmental Health

Required courses

  • 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 Healthcare 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.

Certificate in Public Health: Infection Control

Certificate in Public Health: Infection Control

Courses

  • PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
  • HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Diseases
  • BSC 5856 Bioterrorism
  • MCB 5273 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Certificate in Public Health: Occupational Safety and Health

Certificate in Public Health: Occupational Safety and Health

Courses

  • PHC 5355 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health
  • PHC 5356 Fundamental of Industrial Hygiene
  • PHC 5351 Occupational Safety in the Healthcare 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 as 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.




Admission & Completion Forms

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application.
  • UWF graduate students interested in completing the graduate certificate are not required to complete the non-degree seeking application but will need to contact the MPH academic advisor to review their degree audit and initiate the declaration of certificate process.

Once admission to the University has been approved, students will need to contact the MPH academic advisor to start the declaration of certificate process. This includes reviewing the requirements for each Graduate Certificate in Public Health and completion and submission of the Declaration of Certificate form to the Office of the Registrar.

Questions regarding the graduate certificate should be directed to the MPH academic advisor.

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