Public Health Education (GC)

The Certificate in the Public Health Education is a 21-credit departmental program that offers coursework in five major disciplines of health promotion for students wishing to earn graduate credit. The courses are taught by faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato and are offered through the medium of distance learning. Certificate coursework may be transferable to a degree program within the Minnesota State University College of Graduate Studies and Research or to other graduate programs. This program offers greater flexibility for students who wish to enhance their knowledge and skill base in community health promotion but do not wish to commit to the extended curriculum of a graduate degree.

Program Requirements

Common Core

Total Credits: 18 semester hours

To promote identification and analysis of environmental influences upon health status. Health concerns related to residential, occupational, and other environments are explored. Problems pertaining to air, water, solid waste, housing, land use, toxic waste, and sanitation are addressed.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on advanced methods used in epidemiologic investigation and research. Topics include causal inference in epidemiology, study designs, measures of disease frequency and association, methods to assess and handle confounding and bias, and analysis and statistical modeling in epidemiologic studies.

Prerequisites: none

Human health problems comprise a wide range of infectious, degenerative, and genetically-based disease factors. In addition to these factors, human disease results from a wide range of environmental and socially- caused pathologies. This course presents the basic scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores, in depth, mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented in this course are foundations to developing and implementing public health disease prevention, control, or management programs in the students future.

Prerequisites: none

Specific managerial components will be emphasized such as organizational patterns, fiscal administration, and personnel management common to the health care system. Administrative functions of policy settings, planning coordination, public issue involvement, and community relations will be included. Particular attention is given to the human side of management.

Prerequisites: none

Directed toward providing a solid theoretical and philosophical foundation for professional health education practice. Current and historical health education, theoretical and philosophical models, and concepts are explored. Application of these models and concepts to professional practice is emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

This course will review the basic principles and techniques used in Biostatistics and will incorporate a final project that entails analyzing data, using the SPSS program, to answer hypothesized questions and make conclusions using the inferential statistical process.

Prerequisites: none

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Provides a thorough background on the practical aspects of health planning, including development, adoption, and implementaion of health programs.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses upon advanced development of communication and advocacy skills for the health educator. The course provides in-depth coverage of health communication theory, application, and evidence. Students will plan, implement and evaluate an evidence-based health communication program.

Prerequisites: none