This certificate is supported by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
The Field of Health Equity
Health Equity Graduate Certificate Program (HEGCP)
One of the few health equity certificate programs in Schools of Public Health across the country, the HEGCP is a 15 credit graduate program. There are four required core courses that need to be sequenced. The additional required five credits can come from a variety of elective courses within the Graduate School of Public Health and the University.
- Develop professionals with an understanding of the root causes of health inequities
- Increase the cultural competence of public health and other professionals
- Equip public health professionals with appropriate methods of research and intervention in health inequities
- Provide an interdisciplinary vehicle through which students can pursue and strengthen their individual career interests relevant to health equity
Required Courses (required sequencing in parentheses)
BCHS 2554 Introduction to Community Health (1st or 2nd course)
BCHS 2524 Overview of Health Equity (1st or 2nd course)
BCHS 2526* Health Equity Research and Practice (3rd course)
BCHS 2528 Health Equity Integrative Seminar (4th course)
*Students may substitute a methods course from within their Public Health discipline
Qualificaitons for Admission
Similar to any MPH at Pitt Public Health
Who should apply?
1. Current Pitt Public Health students
2. University of Pittsburgh graduate students in related disciplines (i.e. health sciences, social work)
3. Publc health and human service professionals with degrees in other fields
This certificate is valuable to professionals with existing credentials in their respective fields. Additionally, increasing numbers of health and human service organizations, local, state and federal agencies are creating offices of health equity, offices of minority health, and other institutional components dedicated to the elimination of health disparities. Students earning this certificate may serve as experts in national organizations or as senior staff in community-based organizations.
For More Information
Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS
Associate Professor and Director, Health Equity Certificate Program, firstname.lastname@example.org