New high school or college graduates are not the only folks who benefit from public health training. Some programs are specifically designed for people who are already working in public health in some way, i.e., public health practitioners. The additional training may help these returning students develop new skills or knowledge or expand their professional networks. And, believe it or not, some folks are energized by taking new classes, in part, because they meet new people and take a break from their regular jobs.
Here is an example of a certificate program in the Department of Community and Family Health at the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida and designed specifically for public health practitioners (and others).
The certificate in maternal and child health (MCH) is designed to provide specialized training in public health problems affecting infants, children, adolescents, and women of all ages. Required coursework is designed to overview the major health issues affecting MCH populations, develop methodological skills selected areas, such as data analysis, program planning and evaluation and research. Support courses allow students to focus some of their coursework in selected areas of MCH interest.
The certificate program has been developed for the following groups:
- Public health practitioners
- MPH students who desire focused graduate level training in MCH.