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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: Diego Rose, PhD

Community Health Certificate Enrollment Form

Certificate Purpose

The Certificate in Community Health and Nutrition Programs is designed to add a further dimension for those with a public health background 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.

Eligible Students

Students enrolled in a MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM, or MHA degree program at Tulane SPHTM. Students in the GCHB - Nutrition program area are NOT eligible.

Certificate Competencies

Students who earn the Certificate in Community Health and Nutrition Program will:

  • Assess community needs to identify opportunities for prevention and/or mitigation of nutritional problems through available resources (GCHB 6610, 7220, 6800, 6750);
  • Analyze the impact of a successful community-based nutrition program (GCHB 6760, 6610, 6750);
  • Analyze issues for the community worker: for training, supervision, and successful collaboration with community members (GCHB 7220, 6800); and
  • Explain how different socio-economic background, race, ethnicity, and gender inform nutritional problems as well as community work (GCHB 6760, 7220).

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 15

Required Courses
  • GCHB 6760 International Nutrition / MCH Design for Change (3) A. Bazzano, Spring
  • GCHB 6610 Community Nutrition (2) TBD, Fall
  • GCHB 7220 Community Organization (3) I. Scherl, Fall
  • GCHB 6800 Training Methods for Health Professionals (2) M. Dal Corso, Winter Intercession
  • GCHB 6750 Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring (3) D. Rose, Fall

AND one of the following electives to make a total of 15 credits

  • GCHB 6770 U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy (3) D. Rose, Spring
  • GCHB 6780 Double Burden of Malnutrition (2) P. Chaparro, Spring
  • GCHB 6790 Food Security and Resilience (3) N. Morrow, Summer IN ITALY
  • GCHB 7010 Health Communication Theory and Practice (3) K. Schoellmann, Fall
  • GCHB 7510 MCH: Life Course Perspective (3) A. Bazzano, Spring

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals and how to best plan their graduate course schedule.