Certificate of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies in Public Health
The Certificate of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies in Public Health (Disability Certificate) is a 12-credit graduate level course of studies offered entirely online. Disability Studies 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 of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies in Public Health 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.
The 10 Essential Services serve as the framework for all National Public Health Performance Standards:
This certificate was originally designed in collaboration with eCampus.
Why this Certificate?
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.