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Graduate Certificate Programs

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  • Global Health Certificate
  • Certificate in Maternal & Child Health
  • Certificate in Gerontology
  • Certificate in Public Health Management

Certificate Overview

Expansion in global communication, travel and trade has increased the need for clinical and public health professionals who understand health issues that transcend national and continental borders. The Graduate Certificate in Global Health is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for international, interdisciplinary skills in areas such as disease and injury prevention, health care, and other health-related disciplines.

Curriculum

The certificate requires completion of 12 regular course credits (generally will be 4 courses) and one 3 credit hour internship.

  • Courses must include topics related to global health from a medical, cultural, geographical, sociological, or other perspective.
  • The 4 regular courses include two required courses: a health assessment course, usually in the form of an introductory epidemiology course such as CPH-605; and introductory course in global health, such as CPH-751.  CPH-605 is offered Fall and Spring semesters; CPH-751 is being offered in the Fall.
  • The other 2 courses are electives (see section below). Not all are offered every year; there may be other courses that satisfy elective requirements.
  • One of the courses has to be outside the College of Public Health.
  • Students are to select at least two elective courses, for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  • Global Health Internship

The internship is a crucial culminating experience for the certificate. It requires at least a 4-week internship abroad, in or related to a resource-poor or resource-limited setting. It also requires a mentor both at UK and locally. This internship is now a new course, CPH-709.

Course Learning Objectives: This course will provide the opportunity for students to participate in a health-related activity, project or program in a resource-limited setting in a foreign country. This will allow students in the Global Health Certificate Program to gain direct international experience with some relevant, current global health issues, and to integrate and apply knowledge and skills learned in their coursework.

The minimum duration of the internship will be four weeks. The internship will be 3 credit hours.  Each internship will be unique, depending on the student’s background and interest, as well as on the needs and resources of the location where it will be conducted. The main activity and setting of the internship can range from providing primary or specialty direct patient care in a hospital, outpatient or other type of medical setting; prevention, community health or health education activities in schools, neighborhood meetings or other venues; collection of environmental samples from water, soil, food, etc. For students in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the internship may take the form of a rotation.

Internship placements will require completion of an application to be submitted to and reviewed by the GH certificate director. The internship application shall include a proposed work plan, with activity and learning objectives, and a mentorship plan which should include a UK-GH associate faculty supervisor and a local, qualified mentor or supervisor in the host location. Approval of the internship application will also include consideration of the student’s background, interests and language capabilities. In addition to the field experience, before traveling the student will complete pre-departure orientation and preparation requirements of the Office of International Affairs for students studying or working abroad. Upon returning to the U.S., the student must report on his/her experience in the form of a written report, an oral, open presentation or other format and be approved by the UK-GH supervisor, for the completion of his/her internship.

Exceptions: With approval of the GH Program director, international students may be able to conduct the internship in a resource-limited or underserved setting in the U.S. Reduction of the duration of the internship abroad to less than 4 weeks will be considered only in exceptional cases and will require written approval of the GH Program director.

Funding for travel and living expenses will be responsibility of the student, but the GH Program Director and associate faculty will assist in pursuing travel funds from available sources, such as fellowships, travel awards and financial aid towards study or practice abroad.

Eligibility-Admission

The minimum Graduate School requirements for admission to a certificate curriculum are the same as those in effect for Post baccalaureate status.

  • Students, who already are or will be enrolled in a degree program, or those who simply apply for Post baccalaureate (non-degree) status in order to complete the certificate, are eligible to apply for admission.
  • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Global Health must be approved for admission by the certificate Director, Dr. Hopenhayn, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission. A student should apply and be admitted to the certificate curriculum prior to taking any classes that will be counted towards completion of the certificate.
  • Admission to or award of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.
  • International students should check with the certificate coordinator before applying to make sure they are eligible.

Application Process

Applications will be considered by the Director once all of the materials have been received. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be received.

Pre-approved certificate courses that have already been completed may count towards the curriculum requirements. (This does not include internships.) Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the certificate.

  • Students must be admitted to the UK Graduate School. Unless you are in the Master’s in Public Health program at the University of Kentucky, you must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/.
  • If applying as a Post-Baccalaureate student, please mark the following on your Graduate School application to ensure correct routing:
    • Program admission code: POBA
  • If you are currently enrolled in the MPH program, you will need to fill out the internal application located here on our website.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. Please submit transcripts to the Graduate School or if filling out the internal application (MPH Students Only): Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • Letters of Reference. The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department. Please have the letters submitted to the Graduate School or if filling out the internal application (MPH Students Only): Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.

For an internal application form please click here.

Certificate Director
Claudia Hopenhayn, MPH, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Director, Global Health Certificate Program
111 Washington Ave
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Email: cmhope0@uky.edu

 

Certificate Overview

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is to prepare both graduate students and practicing professionals to assume key roles in improving the quality of life for older adults and furthering our understanding of the aging process and the status of older adults.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology offers students and professionals specialized training in aging from a multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective. Persons working toward their Certificate include:

  • Graduate students preparing for careers in public service and program administration that relate to understanding and meeting the needs of the older population;
  • Graduate degree candidates in the basic and applied sciences, such as biology or chemistry, who are interested in the study of aging;
  • Candidates seeking professional degrees in human service professions, such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant studies or physical therapy, who plan to provide specialty services to older adults;
  • Professionals with an interest in the field of aging who desire further course work in gerontology to enhance their professional development.

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is awarded to individuals who complete 15 graduate credit hours in an approved multi- and inter-disciplinary curriculum in gerontology.

  • Twelve hours of coursework must include at least one course (3 hours) in each of the following areas:
    • Biomedical Sciences and Health Services
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Policy, Planning and Ethics
    Students may choose courses according to their preference and course availability. To ensure an interdisciplinary experience, no more than 2 courses may be taken from each department. Special requests for a waiver of this policy must be submitted to the program director or coordinator and approved in advance. There are specific curriculum requirements for PharmD and Physician Assistant Studies students.
    Students must receive an A or B in all Certificate coursework.
  • Course work must be complemented by a 3 hour applied experience. This may be either a field placement practicum or a research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Option 1: Field Experience

    A practicum focused on aging of a minimum of 210 hours will satisfy the field experience option. This practicum can be completed in conjunction with a practicum requirement from a degree program, or can be arranged independently for the Certificate.

    Students will work with a faculty advisor during the proposal stage and as they develop a prospectus for their practicum. Proposals must be submitted to the Certificate Director prior to beginning work.

    Once the proposal has been approved, work may begin. For a practicum, it is usual practice for the on-site supervisor to meet with the student weekly to offer feedback and discuss his/her progress toward the goals and objectives of the experience.

    At the midpoint of the field experience (completion of 105 hours) a mid-practicum assessment is to be provided by the student and on-site supervisor to formally evaluate progress in meeting the goals of the practicum. Upon completion of the field experience, the on-site supervisor is asked to complete an overall evaluation. Students are required to submit a final report/evaluation with a copy of any materials developed during the practicum to the Certificate Director for final approval.

    Option 2: Research Project

    An independent research project may be completed to fulfill the three (3) hour applied component of the graduate certificate. Students will work with a member of the Graduate Center for Gerontology core or affiliate faculty (for list of Graduate Center Core and Affiliate Faculty members click here) in developing a research proposal and conducting an applied research project in gerontology or geriatrics. Students may petition the Graduate Certificate Committee (through the Program Director or Program Coordinator) for approval of another appropriate faculty member to serve as the preceptor of their research.

    Proposals for research projects (to be approved by the Graduate Certificate Committee) must utilize the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Research Project Proposal form and should include a statement on the purpose of the research and how it fits into the student’s certificate or overall educational goals, a list of objectives, a description of the research design and methodology to be employed, study population, procedures of analysis, timetable, and a statement of proposed outcomes/products anticipated to result from the research; e.g. a final report or article of publishable quality.

    Once the proposal has been approved, and appropriate signed Institutional Review Board approval has been received, work may begin. It is expected that each student will meet with their preceptor on a regular basis (normally at least monthly) during the conduct of the research project.

    Upon completion of the research experience students are required to submit a final report/evaluation with a copy of materials developed during the research project to the Director or Program Coordinator. In addition, the faculty preceptor will submit a final report/evaluation. These reports will be submitted to the Graduate Certificate Committee for final approval.

  • Students have up to five (5) years to complete the Certificate. Extensions beyond this time require formal approval of the Graduate Certificate Committee.
  • For a detailed list of courses click here.

Eligibility-Admission

The minimum Graduate School requirements for admission to a Certificate curriculum are the same as those in effect for Post baccalaureate status.

  • Students who already are or will be enrolled in a degree program, or those who simply apply for Post baccalaureate (non-degree) status in order to complete the Certificate, are eligible to apply for admission.
  • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology must be approved for admission by the Certificate Director, Dr. Rowles, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission.
  • Admission to or award of a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.
  • International students should check with the certificate coordinator before applying to make sure they are eligible.

Application Process

All application materials must be received in the Certificate office before your application will be considered by the committee. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses already completed may count toward the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects.) Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

  • Students must be admitted to the UK Graduate School. Unless you are in the Master’s in Public Health program at the University of Kentucky, you must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/.
  • If applying as a Post-Baccalaureate student, please mark the following on your Graduate School application to ensure correct routing:
    Program admission code: POBA (Do NOT mark Gerontology)
  • If you are currently enrolled in the MPH program, you will need to fill out the internal application located here on our website.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. Please submit transcripts to the Graduate School or if filling out the internal application (MPH Students Only): Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • Letters of Reference. The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department. Please have the letters submitted to the Graduate School or if filling out an internal application (MPH Students Only): Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • For an internal application form please click here.

Certificate Director
Graham D. Rowles, Ph.D.
Professor of Gerontology
Graduate Center for Gerontology
J527 Kentucky Clinic
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0284
growl2@uky.edu
(859) 218-0145

Certificate Coordinator
Andrea Perkins
Certificate Coordinator
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 120
Lexington, KY 40536
andrea.perkins@uky.edu
(859) 218-2096

Certificate in Public Health ManagementCertificate Overview

Healthcare has been experiencing a tremendous evolution in recent years, particularly as public health has developed a close relationship with the clinical care of individuals. The concepts surrounding population and community health have become an integral part of health care in the United States during the past decade as once again a greater understanding of public health has become a requisite part of caring for the US population. Understanding how to manage the health of populations and communities has not traditionally been a part of the training of clinicians including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinical practitioners. In order to develop the role of clinician managers of the public’s and community’s health, additional education is required. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management provides a mechanism for public health workers and students admitted to the Graduate School to enhance their competencies and skills in management without undertaking a graduate degree in management or public health.

Certificate Objectives

  • Prepare individuals interested in public health management as well as public health workers to address the multi-factorial management issues in Kentucky in their workplaces by enhancing public health management skills. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management does not take the place of the Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Management, but instead provides individuals who have completed related professional programs with expanded management capabilities.
  • Provide students with theoretical, practical, and relevant educational experiences in management to enhance the health and welfare of populations in Kentucky, the nation, and around the globe.
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and manage public health programs, prepare budgets, and evaluate their effectiveness.

Brochure (pdf format)

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management consists of 15 credit hours including two required 3 credit hour courses. Students may select from a variety of electives totaling nine credit hours.

Required Courses

  • CPH 650 Management of Public Health Organizations (3)
  • CPH 652 Finance Management in Health Care Public Health Organizations (3)

Selective Courses (choose three)

  • CPH 605 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH 653 Public Health Law & Policy (3)
  • CPH 660 Geographic Information Systems in Public Health (3)
  • CPH 663 Public Health Practice and Administration (3)
  • CPH 751 Introduction to Global Public Health (3)
  • CPH 752 Leadership In Public Health (3)
  • CPH 758 Special Topics in Health Services Management: Strategic Planning and Evidence-Based Decision Making (3)
  • CPH 758 Special Topics in Health Services Management: Public Health Informatics (3)
  • CPH 758 Special Topics in Health Services Management: Health Economics (3)

All course work for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management must be completed within five years of admission.

Graduate Certificate students must maintain a CPH of 3.0 or better to progress in the curriculum.

Eligibility-Admission

  • Applicants must satisfy the minimum Graduate School Requirements for admission to a Certificate (which are identical to those for enrollment as post-baccalaureate graduate student) and apply separately for the Graduate Certificate. Post-baccalaureate status is not available to non-Kentucky residents or international applicants.
  • Applicants must submit the appropriate application fee to the Graduate School.
  • Students enrolled in (or applying to) a graduate degree program or post-baccalaureate graduate students may apply for the Graduate Certificate.
  • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management must be approved by the Certificate Director, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission.
  • Students enrolled in the Health Services Management concentration in the MPH or DrPH program are not eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management.
  • Admission to the Graduate Certificate or award of the graduate certificate does not guarantee admission to any degree program at the University of Kentucky.
  • Admission to the Graduate Certificate may be limited so that the faculty and resources are not overwhelmed.
  • International students should check with the certificate coordinator before applying to make sure they are eligible.

Application Process

Application Process

All application materials must be received in the Certificate office before your application will be considered by the committee. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses already completed may count toward the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects.) Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

  • Students must be admitted to the UK Graduate School. Unless you are in the Master’s in Public Health program at the University of Kentucky, you must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/.
  • If applying as a Post-Baccalaureate student, please mark the following on your Graduate School application to ensure correct routing:
    • Program admission code: POBA
  • If you are currently enrolled in the MPH program, you will need to fill out the internal application located here on our website.
  • Official transcripts. Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. Please submit transcripts to the Graduate School or if filling out the internal application (MPH Students Only): Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • Letters of Reference. The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department. Please have the letters submitted to the Graduate School or if filling out an internal application (MPH Students Only): Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • Two-page essay on why the individual needs and desires a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Management. Please submit the essay to Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • One-page biography, which includes the student’s educational and work experience, as an aid to the admission decision. Please submit the biography to Andrea Perkins, 111 Washington Ave. RM 120, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40536.
  • For an application form please click here.

Certificate Director
James W. Holsinger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Departments of Preventive Medicine
and Health Services Management
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 107
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky  40536-0003
Telephone: (859) 218-2058
jwh@uky.edu