This certificate is offered to enhance knowledge, research and policy in women's health. The certificate is interdisciplinary in nature because by definition, the field of women's health encompasses the physical, mental and emotional aspects of health. These varied aspects of women's health cannot be well represented by just one discipline, either in the health or social sciences, or the humanities.
The certificate is offered to a variety of groups: graduate students in the health and social sciences, as well as experienced professionals in the health sciences and social services, health educators, social workers and others who wish to develop the skills needed to evaluate and utilize findings in women's health research, as well as articulate the varied aspects of women's health issues. The certificate program is organized through a group of course tracks designed to offer professional and research-based options within the various disciplines. Each track has 5 courses with 3 additional options for electives. Applicants for the certificate should contact Ellen Daley, Ph.D. to discuss the various tracks in order to identify the most appropriate for their individual interests and skills. Signatures from two faculty members, Dr. Daley and an additional advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences, are required for each person's plan of study. The specialized tracks offered through the Women's Health Graduate Certificate are:
Track 1: Teaching Women's Health Courses in the Health Sciences
Track 2: Teaching Women's Health and/or Sexuality Courses in Arts and Sciences
Track 3: Community-based Organizations/Social Service Agencies
Track 4: Advocacy/Policy
Track 5: Women's Physical Wellness/Health Promotion
Track 6: Teaching Women's Health Courses in the Diverse Populations
Track 7: Teaching Women's Health Courses to At-Risk Women's Populations
Track 8: Women's Health Research (qualitative)
Track 9: Women's Health Research (quantitative)
This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.
The applicant must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
None are required.
A total of 15 credit hours are required to complete the certificate. All students are required to take one 3-hour core course and one 3-hour research course. The required core course is:
- PHC 6532 - Issues in Women's Health (3)
Required research courses are listed below. See .pdf file (below, left) for courses per Track:
- PHC 6934 - Foundations of Research in Public Health (3) Track 1
- WST 6001 - Feminist Issues, Research & Methodology (3)Track 2
- CCJ 6709 - Qualitative Research Methods (3) Track 3
- COM 6025 - Health Communication (3) Track 4
- PHC 6934 - Foundations of Research in Public Health (3) Track 5
- PHC 6193 - Qualitative Methods in Community Health Research (3) Track 6
- SYA 6315 - Qualitative Research Methods (3) Track 7
- SYA 6315 - Feminist Issues, Research and Methodology (3) Track 8
- PHC 6934 - Foundations of Research in Public Health (3) Track 9
Select three (3) elective courses from the following list:
- SYA 6933 - Special Topics in Soc.: Sexualities (3) Tracks 1, 2, 6
- PHC 6414 - Adolescent Health (3) Track 1, 3, 5
- PHC 6590 - Reproductive Trends & Issues (3) Tracks 1 & 2
- PHC 6934 - Special Topics in Public Health: Women's Health Across the Life Span (3) Tracks 1, 2, 3, 8
- WST 6562 - Body Politics (3) Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5
- WST XXXX - The Response of Women to Illness & Health (3) Track 1*
- PHC 6535 - International Maternal and Child Health (3) Track 2, 7, 9
- WST 5934 - Gender, Race, Sexuality and Mental Health (3) Track 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
- PHC 6413 - Family Violence (3) Track 3, 7
- ANG 6198 - Gender & Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3) Track 3, 6, 7, 8
- MHS 6934 - Current Issues in Women's Mental Health: Implications for Research and Practice(3)* Track 3
- PHC XXXX - Aging & Women's Health : Issues in Chronic Illness (3) * Track 3, 4
- PHC 6537 - Maternal and Child Health Policy II: Case Studies (3) Track 4, 9
- NGR 6933 - Selected Readings: Physical & Cultural Aspects of Menopause; Political Control of Reproduction (3) * Track 4, 8
- PHC 6934 - Special Topics in Public Health: Gender and Health Issues in Public Health (3) Track 4, 8
- PHC 6530 - Maternal and Child Health I: Issues and Concepts (3) Track 5
- MED XXXX - Women's Health electives (4th yr. Med. students & residents) 3) * Track 5
- WST XXXX - Women and Sexuality (3) * Track 5
- ANG 6463 - Social Epidemiology (3) Track 6, 8
- WST XXXX - Women's Health Perspectives from the Healing Sciences (3) * Track 6
- ANG 6469 - Special Topics in Med. Anthropology: HIV/AIDS (3) * Track 6, 7, 9
- PHC XXXX - Seminars in Women's Mental Health Issues (3) * Track 7
- SYA 6933 - Special Topics in Soc.: Sociology of Gender (3) * Track 8, 9
- PHC 6934 - Special Topics in Public Health: Reproductive & Perinatal Epidemiology (3) Track 9
- PHC 6934 - Special Topics in Public Health: Epidemiologic Issues in Women's Health (3) Track 9
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 four semesters.
Credit toward Graduate Degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval
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.
Ellen Daley, Ph.D.
Pre-Admissions Advising- Public Health