Graduate Certificate: Professional Health Education
About the Certificate
The graduate certificate in Professional Health Education provides initial support to faculty teaching in professional education programs in such disciplines as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatry. It is designed for health-related professional educators, such as dentists, pharmacists, physicians, and scientists who have professional credentials for the content they teach, but do not have knowledge regarding teaching and learning theories or case-based instruction methods.
The Professional Health Education graduate certificate offers coursework focused on adult learners, learning theories, and case-based instruction. This is provided through an initial, cohort-based executive model in which courses meet either monthly or fully online, with extensive online support via activities, projects, assignments, and assessments.
Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years
Campus Location: Online, with some in-person instruction at the Center City campus. On-campus courses are limited to once-a-month meetings on Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays throughout the semester.
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Applications are accepted for the Fall term and are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.
International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.
Statement of Goals: Outline your interest in seeking a graduate certificate with a specific focus on your aspirations, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 79
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- PTE Academic: 53
Resume: Current resume required.
Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.
Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12
|AOD 5403||Facilitating Adult Learning||3|
|EDUC 5501||Fundamental Interpersonal Techniques for Healthcare Professionals||3|
|Term Credit Hours||6|
|AOD 5534||Group Facilitation and Consultation||3|
|EDUC 5502||Case-Based Instruction and Learning||3|
|Term Credit Hours||6|
|Total Credit Hours:||12|
GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum
Certificate Program Web Address:
Dept. of Psychological Studies in Education
College of Education and Human Development
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Office of Enrollment Management