The Graduate Program in Allied Health offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion and Health Education (CHPHE). Completion of core competencies in CHPHE may allow students to be eligible to sit for certification examinations such as the Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) exam.
The Allied Health Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion & Health Education (HPHE) is a one-year comprehensive program that encompasses health promotion, health education, nutrition and community health, and environmental health and is designed for individuals interested in pursuing certification in health promotion and education. A certified health educator specialist is a competent professional committed to continued development in the field of health education and health promotion. These individuals design, conduct and evaluate activities in a variety of settings to improve the health of all people. Certified health educators may pursue employment as patient educators, health education teachers, health coaches, community organizers, public health educators, and health program managers. Individuals who successfully complete the Allied Health Graduate Certificate in HPHE are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC).
The Allied Health Graduate Certificate in HPHE consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours in health promotion and health education classes at the University of Connecticut which address the following criteria outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC):
- Assess individual and community needs for health education
- Plan effective health education strategies, interventions, and programs
- Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
- Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
- Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
- Serve as a health education resource person
- Communicate and advocate for health and health education
There are 9 required credits and a minimum of 3 elective credits. Electives are chosen from among the courses listed below.
- GPAH 6324 - Critical Issues in Health Promotion, Disease and Disability Prevention - 3 credits (required)
- GPAH 6305 - Program Evaluation and Assessment - 3 credits (required)
- GPAH 5319 - Health Education and Behavioral Interventions for At-Risk Populations - 3 credits (required)
- GPAH 6306 - Research Methodology for Health Professionals - 3 credits
- GPAH 5366 - Environmental Health - 3 credits
- GPAH 5309 - Health and Aging - 3 credits
- GPAH 5331 - Nutrition for Healthy Communities - 3 credits
The student develops a plan of study with the assistance and approval of the Allied Health Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator. Core competency course work completed at another institution or in another department within the University of CT, may apply toward a student's Graduate Certificate in HPHE plan of study with the approval of Allied Health Certificate Program Coordinator, however a minimum of 12 credits in health promotion and health education must be completed within the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of CT. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in HPHE requires enrollment in each course for a letter grade, a B or better in each course, and an overall earned grade point average in the Graduate Certificate Program in HPHE of 3.0 or higher.
Scheduling and Facilities
To accommodate working professionals, courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening at the Storrs campus. The program may be pursued either full or part time.
Library facilities and services are extensive and include a modern library on the Storrs campus, the L.M. Stowe Library at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, as well as specialized libraries and supporting facilities at UConn.
For More Information Contact:
Pouran D. Faghri, MD, MS, FACSM, Professor
Director of the Graduate Program in Health Promotion Sciences
Department of Allied Health Sciences
University of Connecticut,
358 Mansfield Road, U-2101
Storrs, CT 06269