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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 25, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Community Health Assessment Certificate

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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.

Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply the credits to an undergraduate degree in the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (CGS), such as our bachelor of arts in health services.

Graduates of the 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 both patients and health care workers and apply this knowledge to their careers; 
  • identify behaviors that tend to promote or compromise health;
  • apply administrative and managerial skills to nonprofits and community health organizations; and
  • identify, recognize, gather, and analyze data that are pertinent to the health services field.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and returned to the CGS.

Obtaining the Certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out an online graduation application through the Pitt Portal prior to completing your last term in the program. Visit Graduation / Diplomas on the Registrar’s website for the instructions and check the  Graduating with a CGS degree/ certificate website for the submission deadline.  Contact a CGS advisor to confirm that all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term. 

Program 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. 

Curriculum (18 credits)

Required courses

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