May 27, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Rural Public Health, Graduate Certificate

General Program Information

Bethesda O’Connell, Dr.PH., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health
Office Location: Sherrod Library, room 356
Box 70674
(423) 439-4816

The Rural Health Graduate Certificate Program is a 15-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.

Articulation Agreement

Students who have completed the Rural Health Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH with a concentration in Community Health may have up to fifteen (15) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits.

Rural Health, Graduate Certificate Requirements: 15 credits

Required Courses 15 credits
TOTAL 15 credits

Grade Requirement: Certificate students must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses.