Planning for Healthy Communities

Brief Description

This certificate acknowledges that a number of fields such as regional and urban planning, architecture, engineering and public health are intertwined in their efforts to effectively manage the rapid growth and health of both populations and cities. The challenges of the 21st century include not only monitoring and improving population health and decreasing national/global health disparities and inequalities, but also understanding what forces and tenets in urban and regional design can aid and supplement our endeavors to encourage health through environment.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

The requirements for admission to this certificate are as follows:

Students must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Students who are currently seeking a master's degree may also be considered.

Application process

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


None are required.


15 credit hours There are six (6) credit hours of required coursework:

PHC 6412 - Health Disparities, Diversity and Cultural Competence (3)
URP 6115 - Planning, Policy and Politics (3)
ARC 5931 - Sustainable Neighborhood Development (3)
PHC 6357 - Environmental and Occupational Health (3)


Select one from the following list:

PHC 6441 - Social Determinants of Health (3)
URP 6100 - Planning Theory and Health (3)
PHC 6353 - Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
ARC 5931 - The City: An Overview of the Physical Urban (3)
CGN 6933 - Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities (3)

Time Limit

Three 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.


Advisor: Sherena Farrington
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Certificate Director: Adewale Troutman
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