Health Equity


Disparate health status and health outcomes are a reality for multiple populations within the United States. Over the past 20 years, the significance of social, structural and environmental determinants of health and the role they play in shaping the course of health has been researched and acknowledged. Now practitioners, academia and communities are utilizing this data to transform population health. This certificate will provide a foundation for students to define, interpret and demonstrate how social and behavioral science impacts health, the role of policy and elected officials, and the responsibilities of health professionals. The certificate also challenges students to work toward a better health paradigm in the United States through research, training, community partnerships, coalition building and social transformation.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and partially online. The field experience is through Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


Quantitative skills as demonstrated by previous courses in algebra or equivalent.


15 credit hours. There are 9 credit hours of required coursework.

PHC 6410 - Social and Behavioral Science Applied to Health (3)
PHC 6412 - Health Disparities, Diversity and Cultural Competence (3)
PHC 6945 - Field Experience in Health Equity (Bethune-Cookman University) (3)

Choose 6 additional elective hours from the following list:

PHC 6441 - Social Determinants of Health (3)
PHC 6120 - Community Partnerships and Advocacy (3)
PHC 6536 - Population, Family and Community Health (3)
PHC 6186 - Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations (3)
Community Based Prevention in Behavioral Health (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Adewale Troutman, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.
(813) 974-9302
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Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Bethune-Cookman University)
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Pamela McLean
(813) 974-0905
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