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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 24, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice Certificate

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In the past 10 years, Community-based Participatory Research and Practice (CBPRP) has emerged as a core discipline in behavioral and social science departments within schools of public health. CBPRP is a collaborative process of research and practice that includes both researchers and community representatives. Communities are generally defined as those that share a unit of identity (e.g., social ties, geographical locations). The CBPRP process involves engaging community members, using local knowledge in the understanding of health problems, and a long-term commitment to partnership. CBPRP is oriented towards holistic interventions informed by social ecology modeling, a widely recognized approach that not only targets knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals, but also includes social factors such as family and friendship ties, community norms, and the structure of community services.


Requirements for the Certificate

This program provides a comprehensive set of courses that will prepare students for a career in community-based participatory research and practice. As part of the program, student interns will work with local community agencies to collaboratively address identified community public health issues.

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the MPH program in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and be accepted into the certificate program.

Students must complete 15 credits, including 9 credits of coursework and a six-credit internship/ practicum. The certificate program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study.  An option does exist for finishing in three semesters.

Note: Some additional credits that do not apply to any degree or other certificate must be completed for each certificate program.

Required Courses

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