Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Certificate Program Declaration Form

Public Health Certificates

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These Public Health certificate programs, except the Public Health Management certificate, offered through Bloustein School Undergraduate Programs are open to all Rutgers University students. Certificates are awarded only with or subsequent to the awarding of a bachelor’s degree.

Students must declare their intention to pursue a certificate program with the Bloustein School prior to their last semester of study in order to qualify to receive a certificate. These programs do not qualify as a minor. Completed certificate programs are awarded upon graduation and appear on student transcripts. Only courses with a grade of “C” or better can be counted toward a certificate program.

The Health Disparities certificate provides students with a conceptual understanding of health disparities in the United States and abroad with the focus on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender; and further offers an understanding of which groups are at higher risk of developing poor health outcomes. The certificate program is open to students in any major and is awarded only with or subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree. Only courses with grade of C or better may be applied toward the certificate program.

Core (12 cr)

  • 10:832:212 Introduction to Health Disparities (3)
  • 10:832:240 Global Health Perspectives (3)
  • 10:832:413 Advanced Topics in Health Disparities (3)
  • 10:832:414 Culture and Health (3)

Required Electives (at least 6 cr)

  • 10:832:252 Health and Social Justice (3)
  • 10:832:302 Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy (3)
  • 10:832:332 Public Health Economics (3)
  • 10:832:338 Health and Public Policy (3)
  • 10:832:340 Aging and Public Policy (3) or 762:340 Aging and Public Policy (3)
  • 10:832:341 Public Health and Aging (3)
  • 10:832:415 Women and Health (3)
  • 10:832:416 Mental Health and Society (3)
  • 10:832:440 Global Public Health (3)
  • 10:762:230 Global Poverty (3)
  • 10:762:231 Poverty in the United States (3)
  • 10:762:331 US Social Policy (3)
  • 10:762:419 Immigration Policy (3)

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Undergraduate Programs in conjunction with Rutgers University Health Services – Health Outreach Promotion and Education offers a certificate program in Public Health Advocacy/Education. The PHA/E certificate helps students prepare for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination by covering the requisite material in a series of related courses. The certificate program is open to students in any major and is awarded only with or subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree. Only courses with grade of C or better may be applied toward the certificate program.

Core (12 cr)

  • 10:832:241 Principles of Health Education (3)
  • 10:832:345 Health Program Development (3)
  • 10:832:346 Health Program Evaluation (3)
  • 10:832:352 Community Health Promotion (3) – Prerequisite 10:832:241

Required Electives (at least 6 cr)

  • 10:832:262 Peer Education Advocacy (3)
  • 10:832:301 Sexual Health Advocacy (3) – Prerequisite: permission of instructor; course not open to seniors
  • 10:832:350 Drugs, Culture and Society (3)
  • 10:832:351 Addictions Policy (3)
  • 10:832:353 Science of Prevention (3) – Prerequisite 10:832:350

The Public Health Management certificate provides core skills important for government and non-profit jobs in public health management and covers much of the necessary material for students to prepare for graduate school in public health, public administration or non-profit management.

The Public Health Management certificate is open to public health (832, 832D) majors only. The certificate program is awarded with, or subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree. Only courses with grade of C or better may be applied toward the certificate program.

Students are urged to complete Intro to Accounting, Calculus I and Intro to Microeconomics as part of this certificate, especially if planning to obtain a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) or related degrees.

Core (15 cr)

  • 10:832:260 Health Care Systems (3)
  • 10:832:332 Public Health Economics (3)
  • 10:832:333 Financial Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • 10:832:334 Public Health Management (3)
  • 10:832:356 Public Health Law and Ethics (3)

Required Electives (at least 3 cr)

  • 10:832:360 Principles of Public Management (3)
  • 10:832:362 Non-Profit Management (3)

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Undergraduate Programs in conjunction with the Rutgers School of Public Health offers a Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Certificate. Students are introduced to the biological, chemical and radiological agents that have the potential to cause widespread harm to public health; as well as emergency management concepts. The PHP certificate program is open to all majors and is only awarded with, or subsequent to, earning a bachelor’s degree. Only courses with a grade of C or better may be applied toward the certificate program.

Core (15 cr)

  • 10:832:201 Principles of Public Health (3)
  • 10:832:320 Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)
  • 10:832:321 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • 10:832:401 Public Health Preparedness I* (3)
  • 10:832:402 Public Health Preparedness II (3)

Required Electives (at least 3 cr)

  • 10:832:334 Public Health Management (3)
  • 10:832:335 Epidemiology (3)
  • 10:832:356 Public Health Law and Ethics (3)

*A basic biology course is strongly recommended for this course.


Planning and Public Policy Certificates

These Planning and Public Policy certificate programs offered through Bloustein Undergraduate Programs are open to all Rutgers University students. Certificates are awarded only with or subsequent to the awarding of a bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate students are restricted to courses at the 300 and 400 levels.  Post-baccalaureate students may select courses from any level.

Students must declare their intention to pursue a certificate program with the Bloustein School prior to their last semester of study in order to qualify to receive a certificate. These programs do not qualify as a minor.

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Core Courses (6 cr)

  • 10:762:307 Community Development (3)
  • 10:762:310 U.S. Housing Policy (3)

Required Electives (18 cr)

  • 10:762:210 Principles of Public Policy (3)
  • 10:762:317 Urban Municipal Management (3)
  • 10:762:353 Local Economic Development (3)
  • 10:762:413 Urban Revitalization (3)
  • 10:762:420 GIS for Health and Planning (3)
  • 10:762:440 Principles of Real Estate (3)
  • 10:762:473 Transportation Policy (3)

Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Program Director

The Urban Planning Certificate provides students with a concentration in core courses related to general planning, such as community growth and decline, geographic information systems, planning thought, planning law, planning support systems, smart growth, state and regional planning, sustainable development and urban revitalization.

Core Courses (6 cr)

  • 10:762:201 Introduction to Urban Planning and Design (3)
  • 10:762:316 Introduction to Site Planning and City Design (3) – Prerequisites 10:762:201, 10:971:314, and 10:971:315

Required Electives (18 cr)

  • 10:762:202 Designing Healthy Cities (3)
  • 10:762:307 Community Development (3)
  • 10:762:310 US Housing Policy (3)
  • 10:762:314 Graphic Communication for Planning (3)
  • 10:971:315 Fundamentals of Urban Planning and Design (3)
  • 10:762:317 Urban Municipal Management (3)
  • 10:762:352 Cybercities (3)
  • 10:762:413 Urban Revitalization (3)
  • 10:762:420 GIS for Health and Planning (3)
  • 10:762:448 Historic Preservation (3)
  • 10:762:472 Transportation Planning (3)
  • 10:762:474 Tourism Planning (3)

Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Program Director

The Community Sustainability Certificate provides students with an integrated approach to energy, environment and climate change, transportation, and urban redevelopment and international/global sustainability issues.

Core Courses (6 cr)

  • 10:762:201 Introduction to Urban Planning and Design (3)
  • 10:762:202 Designing Healthy Cities (3)

Students must complete one course in at least four of the five areas of sustainability listed below. Courses may be selected from various majors, but each course must be pre-approved by the Program Director in order to fulfill the areas of sustainability listed below. Seek advising to discuss pre-approved electives.

Required Electives (12 cr)

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Transportation
  • Urban Redevelopment
  • International and Global