Certificate Curriculum

To earn the certificate requires the completion of 30-33 units of credit. At least eight of those units must be outside one’s major.

Contact Dr. Monideepa Becerra (mbecerra@csusb.edu) for additional information.

Refer to the University Bulletin to learn about student responsibilities related to certificates.

  • Core Required Courses (8 units)
    1. ANTH 340. Anthropology of Health, Illness and Healing (4)
    2. HSCI 271. Introduction to Public Health (4)
    3. PSY 318. Health Psychology (4)
    4. SOC 355. Medical Sociology (4)
  • Measuring Health Outcomes (4 units)
    1. GEOG 202. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography(5)
    2. HSCI 451. Principles of Epidemiology (4)
    3. HSCI 468. Research Methods (4)
    4. PSY 310. Applied Research Methods (4)
    5. SOC 307. Social Research I (5)
  • Socio-Economic, Behavioral, and Environmental Factors (8 units required)
    1. ANTH 340. Anthropology of Health, Illness and Healing (4) (If not used as a Core course)
    2. ANTH 493. Urban Anthropology (4)
    3. COMM 304. Intercultural Communication (4)
    4. COMM 401. Gender, Race and Media (4)
    5. COMM 560 Health Communications (4)
    6. GEOG 320. Geography of Social Issues (4)
    7. HSCI 271. Introduction to Public Health (4) (If not used as a Core course)
    8. HSCI 359. International Perspectives on Health (4)
    9. HSCI 360. Medical Care Organizations (4)
    10. HSCI 364 Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse (4)
    11. PSY 318. Health Psychology (4) (If not used as a Core course)
    12. PSY 387. Community Psychology (4)
    13. SOC 355. Medical Sociology (4) (If not used as a Core course)
  • Community Action & Policy (4 units required)
    1. ANTHRO 485. Applied Anthropology and Social Policy (4)
    2. HSCI 455. Health Policy and Law (4)
    3. HSCI 471. Health Promotion: Program Planning and Implementation (4)
    4. PA 305. Organizations in Multicultural and Diverse Societies (4)
    5. PA 472. Administrative Law (4)
    6. PA 516. Public and Non-Profit Project Management (4)
    7. PSCI 320. The Legislative Process
    8. SOC 432. Political Sociology (4)
    9. SOC 434. Community Organization (4)
  • Specific Populations (4 units required)
    1. ANTH 365. Asian American Cultures (4)
    2. COMM 409. Latina/os, Media and Culture (4)
    3. GEOG 322. United States and Mexico Border Issues (4)
    4. HSCI 423. Health and Wellness of Older Adults (4)
    5. SOC 440. Social Class (4)
    6. SOC 410. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (4) or SSCI 316 Race & Racism (4)
    7. SSCI 315. Cultural Adaptation: The Quest for Survival (4)

Capstone Experience: Students will complete a "capstone experience" that will integrate and synthesize the health disparities knowledge they gained by completing the certificate coursework. Capstone experience would be supervised and approved by the Certificate Coordinator and Faculty Coordinating Committee. Students will be required to earn 2-5 course credits (minimum of 2 units required) by selecting and completing one of the capstone experiences noted below.

  1. Complete a portfolio that includes the course syllabus and course papers from each of the classes taken for credit and a 10-15 page paper that describes what was learned from these courses and integrates the knowledge into an expertise in health equity and health disparities. Guidelines for the portfolio and more details about the paper are available through the Certificate Coordinator. Students can register for 2 units of independent study credit through an approved instructor to complete the portfolio.
  2. Complete a one-quarter internship (through an already existing internship program in the student's major) in a setting relevant to health disparities (approved by the Certificate Coordinator). The internship can be completed for 2-5 units of credit (2 units required as a minimum). In most cases, the internship credit can be counted (with approval) for credit within the student's major as well as for the Certificate. In addition to completing the requirements of the specific department internship, this option also requires a 10-15 page paper describing what was gained from the internship experience and what was learned about health equity and health disparities. Internships must be approved by the Certificate Coordinator prior to beginning the internship.
  3. Complete an approved independent study (between 2-5 units of credit) that results in a paper submitted to a professional or undergraduate journal for publication. Some department's honors papers might be used to satisfy this option. Students must get approval from the Certificate Coordinator for their plans to complete this option.