Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Graduate Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health is designed for both current graduate students and working professionals. It aims to provide public health practitioners, educators, researchers and others who work on the front lines of public health with the advanced skills and knowledge to support their work and to improve the status of the sexual and reproductive health in their communities and beyond.

Characteristics of the Certificate:

  • Enables working professionals and students from other disciplines to earn a graduate certificate anytime, anywhere.
  • Our students enjoy the benefits of earning a valuable credential from a leading, accredited School of Public Health while working or studying. Admissions standards recognize the value of career experiences and progression.
  • The program is designed to be completed in less than two years and requires a minimum of 15 credit hours.
  • Throughout the course work for this graduate certificate, students will advance their skills and knowledge to support their work and to improve the status of the sexual and reproductive health in their communities and beyond.
  • Our courses are taught by leading faculty in the School of Public Health.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize and critically examine scientific research-related to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Assess the various sexuality education curricula, resources, programs based on a range of individual and community characteristics including visible and invisible diversities.
  • Develop a sexuality education course syllabus with developmentally appropriate instructional methods aligned with national teacher preparation standards, policies, and laws that reflects the diversity of the community.
  • Comprehend and critique the major systems of sexual and reproductive health surveillance and their respective methodology.
  • Summarize the legal and ethical foundations of sexual and reproductive health surveillance.
  • Review practical and theoretical concepts required for developing sexual and reproductive health research trajectories for program proposals for extramural funding.
  • Identify technical aspects related to applying for and managing extramural funds for sexual and reproductive health and practice activities, from a diverse range of funding sources.

Required Coursework (15 credits)

SPH-X 660    Population Health Determinants (3 cr.)
Analyzes health disparities and health equity from a socioecological perspective. Provides training in culturally competent public health communication. Introduces concepts in leadership and intervention design and prepares students to apply systems thinking to a public health issue.

SPH-B 630    Sexual and Reproductive Health Surveillance (3 cr.)
In-depth orientation to the major methods and systems used for purposes of sexual and reproductive health surveillance, with a focus on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data essential to planning, implementing, and evaluating efforts to promote sexual and reproductive health.

SPH-B 632    Sexual Health: Contemporary Discoveries and Controversies (3 cr.)
This course involves in-depth explorations of research and conceptual frameworks in the field of sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on recent scientific discoveries, contemporary controversies, and new technologies relevant to sexual and reproductive health, as well as relevant ethical issues.

SPH-B 634    Sexual Health Research and Evaluation (3 cr.)
Sexual health scientists ask a range of unique questions which require tailored methods and approaches to answer. Through a combination of independent readings and interactive discussions, lectures and guest speakers, and student-led presentations, you will gain an understanding of the major elements of sexual health research, interventions, and practice.

SPH-H 633    Advanced Instructional Methods in Sexual and Reproductive Health (3 cr.)
This course is designed to prepare graduate students who desire careers, or have experience, in delivering sexuality education in a variety of settings. Specifically, students will develop skills related to sexuality education instructional methods including curriculum and lesson plan development, implementation of sexuality education strategies in diverse populations, and evaluation of student attainment of sexuality standards and competencies.

Typical Course Offerings

SPH-X 660 Offered online, fall semester.
SPH-B 630 Offered online, fall semester.
SPH-B 632 Offered online, spring semester.
SPH-H 633 Offered online, spring semester.
SPH-B 634 Offered online, fall semester.


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Have more questions? Contact the Certificate Director: Heather Eastman-Mueller, Ph.D.