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Certificate of Disability Studies in Public Health

The Certificate of Disability Studies in Public Health (Disability Studies) is a 12-credit graduate level course of studies offered entirely online. It uses the 10 Essential Public Health Services as a framework to study the health and well-being of people with disabilities and their families, as well as the communities in which they live, learn, work, and play, and the populations of which they are a part.

The Certificate is comprised of the following 4 courses (3-credits each):

  • Foundations of Public Health and Disability
  • Epidemiology of Disability
  • Disability Law, Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy
  • Public Health Interventions in Disability

This Certificate was originally designed in collaboration with UConn’s eCampus within the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning.

Why this Certificate?

The Certificate is designed to be a freestanding Certificate whose targeted audience, in addition to public health students, consists of individuals in the professional and paraprofessional workforce in medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, law, education, psychology, political science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language/hearing sciences, and other fields related to public health and disability who are in a position to help ensure health and social equity for all people with disabilities and their families.

This Certificate was highlighted specifically in a 2015 article in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice as a potential resource for other Schools and Programs of Public Health to develop disability-specific courses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also highlighted the article and this Certificate as a resource.

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 semester. The application deadline is Friday, November 9, 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply now to avoid last minute processing delays.