Certificate Program in Community Health and Nutrition Programs
Community health and nutrition programs are crucial components for improving health and nutrition. They provide evidence-based interventions adapted to diverse settings. A key characteristic is the function of the frontline community worker – often the Community Health and Nutrition Worker (CHNW) – whose training, supervision, incentives, and work modes (e.g., ratio to households, home visiting frequency) are core factors determining impact. The interventions supported are complementary and viewed from both a public health and nutrition angle. This graduate certificate is intended for students planning to work in community health and nutrition programs, international and/or domestic. The courses provide the knowledge and skills to contribute to the design, management, and implementation of community programs.
Offered by: Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty Lead: John Mason, PhD
The Certificate in Community Health and Nutrition Programs is designed to add a further dimension to a student’s public health degree, providing the skills to design, implement and manage health and nutrition programs at a local community level. The certificate draws on current research and experience to improve access to services and programs, through primary health care (e.g. through health posts and local clinics) and related community programs, usually supervised and supported by the health system.
Students enrolled in a MPH, MSPH, or MPH&TM degree program at Tulane SPHTM. Students in the nutrition program area also eligible.
Students who earn the Certificate in Community Health and Nutrition Programs will:
- Understand the development, structures, and role of community organizations in promoting health and related behaviors (all required courses);
- Be able to contribute to assessing likely models and processes to establish and sustain community organizations and community-based programs (GCHB 6760, GCHB 6610, GCHB 6220);
- Know about issues and processes for the community worker, for training, supervision, incentivization, and work modes (GCHB 6220, GCHB 6800); and
- Analyze, as case studies, examples of successful community programs and their impacts (GCHB 6160, GCHB 6760, GCHB 6610).
Number of Credits Required for Completion: 15
- GCHB 6160 Management of Community Based Organizations (2) (Begalieva, Fall)
- GCHB 6760 Public Health and Nutrition Programs in Poor Countries (3) (Mason, Fall)
- GCHB 6610 Community Nutrition (2) (Bazzano, Spring)
- GCHB 6220 Community Organization (3) (Scherl, Fall)
- GCHB 6800 Training Methods for Health Professionals in Developing Countries (2) (Dal Corso, Jan intercession)
- One of the following electives to make a total of 15 credits
- GCHB 6770 U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy (3) (Rose, Spring)
- GCHB 6210 Health Communication: Theories and Practice (3) (Schoellman, Fall)
Students pursuing the MPH in nutrition may also wish to complete this certificate. These students will count GCHB 6760 and 6610 as contributing towards the certificate and take other required courses in fulfillment of the nutrition concentration, specifically GCHB 6780, 6750, 6770, and 7090.
Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals and how best to plan their graduate course schedule.
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