SPH, x-Home page quick links: Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
SPH, x-Home page quick links: Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Building on the mission of ECHO, this certificate provides a unique training opportunity for graduate and professional learners interested in the science of disparity reduction. Students engage in learning about the complexity of health disparities and are encouraged to utilize interdisciplinary and innovative approaches in their research or public health practice.

Overview of SPH, x-Home page quick links Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Program Focus

Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
10
Not a stand-alone certificate. Students may earn the certificate in the context of a dedicated degree program.
Expected Duration:
>2 yrs
The ICHD is a self-paced program.
Learning Environment:
Residential
Application Cycle:
Spring
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, enrollment decisions are only made once yearly in June/July for acceptance the following academic year. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
October 10, 2014
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, enrollment decisions are only made once yearly in June/July for acceptance the following academic year. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners interested in understanding and learning strategies to ameliorate health disparities.
Enrolled Student Demographics:
School-wide demographics:
  • 70% / 30% female to male
  • 38% minority, including 20% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 10% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~10

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
Cost included in tuition & fees for full-time, degree-seeking students.
Cost is included in UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees. Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
Cost included in tuition & fees for full-time, degree-seeking students.
Cost is included in UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees. Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.
School-wide:

  • 42% of students received some tuition support.
  • 13% of students received grants.
  • 27% of students received some loans.
  • 18% of students received non-service awards.
  • 31% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree
Required Prerequisites:
You must be a UNC System Affiliate graduate or professional student, in any academic course of study, and in good standing at UNC-Chapel Hill. Working professionals must have at least an introductory knowledge of research and competence in the review of scientific journals.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
School-wide: On average, incoming students had 77th percentile verbal and 65th percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
School-wide: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.5
Letters of Recommendation Required:
Not required
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:

Prospective students are welcomed to visit our office in 265 Rosenau. Also, ECHO participates in SPH and campus-wide student fairs, orientations, and open houses whereby information on the certificate program can be gained.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • PUBH 756 Addressing Health Inequalities in the US | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/700577565_sy_pubh756_20092.pdf
  • EPID 892 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Disparities | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/12/epid892_306.doc
Our curriculum includes coursework across the university's academic campus and exposes students to an interdisciplinary research and methods approach to interventions beyond public health and training. The courses offered via the Certificate Program represent multiple disciplines including public health, economics, and sociology.
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams, but upon completion of the 10-credit hours, certificate students are required to complete an exit survey.
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
None required
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Not required
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities is designed to be a compliment to various disciplines and degree programs. Throughout this program students will have a plethora of networking opportunities, along with access to our weekly e-bulletin which advertises job positions and various fellowship opportunities.

Certificate students are encouraged to join the ECHO listserv, whereby employment opportunities in the field of health disparities research can be shared. Students and professional learners who have completed the certificate receive an annual survey to assess their progress and accomplishments related to addressing health disparities.

The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

Anissa Vines
Research Asst. Professor

Contact us

(919) 843-3539
265 Rosenau Hall
CB 7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
USA