Aug 13, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Rural Health, Graduate Certificate*

General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Alondra Robbins;; (423) 439-4302

Deborah L. Slawson, Ph.D., R.D., L.S.N., Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health
College of Public Health
312 Lamb Hall
Box 70674
(423) 439-4332

The Rural Health Graduate Certificate Program is a 17-credit-hour program designed to provide students with knowledge and skills needed to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate rural health programs and services.

Admission to the Program

The criteria for admission to the Rural Health Graduate Certificate Program include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Application materials which must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies include:

  1. an application;
  2. three (3) letters of recommendation; and
  3. transcripts from all colleges attended.

All applications will be evaluated by an admission committee.

Students who have completed the Rural Health Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH in Community Health may have up to fifteen (15) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study.

Some courses in this certificate program take place within a community setting and are not available in an online format.

Rural Health, Graduate Certificate Requirements: 17 credits

Required Courses 17 credits
TOTAL 17 credits

Gainful Employment

*This is a Gainful Employment Program. For information about Gainful Employment programs, please see