Community Health Assessment Certificate

The health and well-being of our communities depends on many factors: social, economic, cultural, legal, and environmental. What’s happening in your city or town that is impacting the wellness of its individual residents? As a healthcare professional, this type of big-picture perspective can help you succeed and grow in your career—and better serve your patients and clients.

Growth in the Field

The field of health services is one of the largest-growing industries in the country. 9 out of the 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are concentrated in health services. Approximately 13% of salaried jobs created in the next 10 years will be in health services, and most of these jobs will be available to those who have not yet completed a college degree, but who have specific education and training in key health care disciplines.

Earning a certificate in Community Health Assessment from the College of General Studies will provide a foundation in theory as well as an understanding of the diverse populations you may serve. This flexible program is perfect for social services or community health employees, nonprofit professionals interested in healthcare advocacy, and for those looking to advance into leadership positions.

The CGS Difference

This 18-credit interdisciplinary certificate in Community Health Assessment can be completed as a standalone program or in conjunction with another degree at the University of Pittsburgh. The credits you earn in this certificate program may also be applied to an undergraduate degree at CGS, such as our bachelor of arts in health services.

Program Expectations

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Understand how social, cultural, legal, and environmental factors may impact the behaviors of patients and healthcare workers
  • Identify behaviors that tend to promote or compromise health
  • Apply administrative and managerial skills to nonprofit and community health organizations
  • Identify, recognize, gather, and analyze data pertinent to the health services field

Credit Requirements

  • The community health assessment certificate requires 18 credits.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
  • Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nine (9) credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Flexible Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints.

Online courses are marked with (Web) or (Hybrid). Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with (F2F and Web) or (F2F and Hybrid). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.

Visit CGS Courses to learn more about our online formats and how to search for CGS classes in the course catalog.

Required Courses: (15 credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
 COMMRC 1730 Special Topics: Health Communications* (PREQ:COMMRC 0300) (F2F and Web) 3
HRS 1017 Introduction to Epidemiology (F2F and Hybrid) 3
NUR 1765 Risk Factors and Health (Web) 3
NUR 1829 Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Healthcare (Web) 3
PUBSRV 1305 Health, Law, and Ethics (Web) 3

Elective: (3 credits)

Choose one of the following: 

Catalog Number Title  Credits
SOC 0477 Medical Sociology (F2F and Web) 3
PUBSRV 1200 Practices of Nonprofit Management (F2F and Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021) 3


As you plan your certificate coursework, please make sure to review the CGS Course Overlap policy for information on how many courses can be double-counted if a student elects to pursue a CGS certificate in combination with other CGS and non-CGS majors, minors, and certificates. If you have questions, please contact your CGS advisor or CGS Advising at

Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.