Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Public Health Program 89 Graduate Certificate in Health Education The Graduate Certificate in Health Education program is designed to enable the student to learn the fundamental principles, concepts, and skills applied to health education, health promotion, and disease prevention at the graduate level. It consists of the following courses, totaling 15 credit hours, and a capstone session. The programmust be completedwithin two years of matriculation. PUH 5115 Principles of Health Education 3 Credit Hours PUH 5431 Community Health Assessment 3 Credit Hours PUH 5002 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 Credit Hours PUH 6120 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Credit Hours PUH 5210 Public Health Communications 3 Credit Hours This certificate will be presented to the student after all program requirements are successfully met. A student who wishes to pursue National Certification (Certified Health Education Specialists) may take 10 additional credit hours of recommended coursework as a nondegree-seeking student to meet the 25 credit hours and additional competencies required to be eligible for the national certification examination. Each course above must be successfully completed with a grade of B or better to be eligible for the certificate. If, after taking three courses in the certificate program, a certificateseeking student decides to pursue the M.P.H. degree program, the student must submit a new and complete application to become an M.P.H. student and must meet all requirements for admission to the M.P.H. program. Previous coursework taken as a certificate-seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.P.H. program. If accepted into the M.P.H. program, credits with the prefix PUH taken as a certificate-seeking student will be applied towards the M.P.H. program. Students must apply to the M.P.H. program before completing the certificate program. For more information on the graduate certificates in public health and health education, please visit our website osteopathic.nova.edu/ph/mph. Transfer of Credits Applicants or matriculated students of the NSU-KPCOMM.P.H. program may petition for transfer of a maximum of 12 credit hours of elective or core courses toward their M.P.H. degree from a regionally accredited graduate program. • Any core courses to be transferred must have been taken at a program, school, or college accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). • S tudents enrolled in NSU’s M.P.H. program who want to transfer credit hours from another academic program or institution must have prior approval from the NSU-KPCOM M.P.H. program director. • All courses considered for transfer into the program must have been successfully completed with a grade of B or better and must not have been applied to another awarded degree. • Transfer course grades are not calculated toward the student’s grade point average. • The applicant must submit a written request to the NSUKPCOM program director, along with the appropriate verification of documents (e.g., official transcripts, syllabi, and catalogs). • The program does not give course credit for prior work experience. The Curriculum Committee will review the documents provided for all transfer of credit applications and will submit recommendations to the program director. The college dean makes the final decision. Nondegree-Seeking Students A nondegree-seeking student is one who wishes to take a course in the public health program, but does not intend to pursue the Master of Public Health degree at the time of application. The nondegree-seeking student must provide the following admissions requirements to take classes in the M.P.H. program: • a completed online application form • official transcripts • a nonrefundable application fee of $50 Nondegree-seeking students are limited to a maximum of 12 semester hours of public health program courses. Enrollment in these courses does not guarantee acceptance into the Master of Public Health degree-seeking program. After taking classes in the program as a nondegree-seeking student, the student must submit a complete application to the program to become degree-seeking. The student must also meet all the requirements for admission.