Health Equity Science - Graduate Certificate

The graduate Certificate in Health Equity Science (CHES) is administered through the College of Human Sciences (CHS) under the purview of the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research (CHEER). The graduate CHES is part of the training mission of CHEER, which is aimed at cultivating scholarship on health ecology and equity, and developing leaders committed to address health inequities. This is achieved by helping students acquire a strong foundation of knowledge on health ecology and equity issues. In addition, the graduate CHES exposes students to a breadth of advanced topics in health ecology and equity and facilitates gaining depth of knowledge on specialized topics. Graduate students completing this certificate will have a strong understanding of the role of social context in generating disease risks and disparities in health between groups; and also learn how this corpus of knowledge can be translated into health-promoting policies and community-level interventions. They also have the opportunity to gain skills in research on a specific health equity topic through thesis or dissertation research.

The graduate CHES requires 9 semester hours of which all must be at the 6000-level or higher. Completion of this certificate will appear on the official Auburn University transcript. Students earn the certificate by completing:

HUSC 6930Society and Health3
HUSC 6950Seminar on Health Ecology and Equity2
Four (4) additional semester hours through elective courses:4
HDFS 6300HDFS and Social Policy3
HUSC 6950Seminar on Health Ecology and Equity (can be repeated once)2
Courses approved by the Director of the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research.
Total Hours9