Women's Health


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)

Course Location/Delivery

This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must hold an earned 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.


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:

Required research courses are listed below. See .pdf file (below, left) for courses per Track:


Select three (3) elective courses from the following list:

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

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.


Ellen Daley, Ph.D.
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