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Graduate African Community Health Certificate

About the Program
This graduate certificate focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration. The program, which requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours, develops a student’s abilities in career building, enhances knowledge of community health and the delivery of health care, and extends understanding on issues and challenges unique to communities in this part of the world. The certificate is helpful to individuals who plan to work in designing, implementing and evaluating health-related interventions in Africa.

Students in the certificate program can select among a variety of courses to fulfill program requirements. Courses explore topics including:

  • Maternal and child health in Africa
  • HIV/AIDS in Africa
  • Evaluation and quality
  • improvement in health care
  • Community health programs
  • African geography
  • Tropical disease biology
  • Ethical issues in health care
  • Grant and proposal writing in public health
  • Medical anthropology
  • International health programming
  • Health promotion and health behavior
  • Public health services in underserved rural populations

The African Community Health Certificate program will accept students in two categories: those who have been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University and those with a bachelor’s or advanced degree who are not currently in a degree program at Ohio University. Following are the requirements for both categories of students:

Degree-seeking graduate students

  • Acceptance into an advanced degree program.
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate (minimum grade of “C”) or graduate courses in basic anatomy and physiology, statistics, economics and sociobehavioral sciences, as reflected on official transcripts.
  • One to two years of professional related experience in a community health/social service governmental or non-governmental agency, organization or business with health-related programs.


Nondegree students

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 90 quarter hours or last 60 semester hours. Or a graduate or professional degree.
  • Ability to manage graduate studies, as evidenced by either acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score within the last three years prior to submission of application; OR an interview with the program coordinator; OR * a description of applicant’s significant work experience, such as a portfolio. NOTE: if applicant intends to continue to graduate-degree-seeking status within the Department of Social and Public Health, he or she must submit the GRE score. If applicant plans to apply to another graduate program, he or she must meet that program’s admission requirements.
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate (minimum grade of “C”) or graduate courses in basic anatomy and physiology, statistics, economics and sociobehavioral sciences, as reflected on official transcripts.
  • One to two years of professional related experience in a community health/social service governmental or non-governmental agency, organization or business with health-related programs.