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.

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 18-credit 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

Our interdisciplinary certificate can be completed as a standalone program or in conjunction with another degree at Pitt. The credits you earn in this certificate program may also be applied to an undergraduate degree at CGS, such as our BA 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, including five core courses and at least one elective.
  • 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 credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Required Courses: (15 credits)

Complete all five required courses.

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Required Topic: Health Communication (SEC 75XX)
Format: F2F and Web
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Format: F2F and Hybrid
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Format: Web
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Format: Web
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Format: Web

Elective: (3 Credits)

Choose one of the following approved courses.

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Format: F2F and Web
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Format: F2F and Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021.

Important

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 CGSAdv@pitt.edu.

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