A graduate certificate or diploma (the terms are used interchangeably in North America) in health sciences denotes specialization in a sub-field or discipline of health and health sciences gained through intensive graduate-level study. As such, it supplements an already established area of expertise (in health or not related to the field) and adds value to a previously earned Bachelor's or graduate degree. Delivered in various formats from residential to online, graduate certificates in health and health sciences comprise 4 - 6 courses (typically 12 - 18 credit hours) taken in a prescribed sequence at the graduate level.
The concurrent graduate certificate or diploma in health sciences allows students currently enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree program in the field to pursue an in-depth exploration of one aspect of their field. For example, a student working towards a Master's in Health Sciences with a specialization in Family Health may take the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy to augment their expertise.
The stand-alone, direct-entry graduate certificate/diploma program in health provides an opportunity for graduate-level study of theory and research to students who are not interested in pursuing a full graduate degree. This could include professionals with a Bachelor's degree working in the field or anyone who does not have the time or interest in a traditional graduate program in health. Then too, some students who take the stand-alone certificate already have a graduate degree and use their certificate to augment a particular area of interest.
A selection, but not inclusive list, of graduate certificates/diplomas in health includes
Graduate Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology
Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Health Counselling
Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Planning, Evaluation & Accountability
Graduate Certificate in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration
Graduate Certificate in Physical Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Social Work/Clinical Gerontology
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Risk Management and Patient Safety
Graduate Certificate in Hearing Specialist: Early Intervention
Graduate Certificate in Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies
Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Nutrition
Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiptherapy
Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology
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