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Health Sciences

Rural and Community Health

Helping Communities by Improving Health Outcomes

CWU’s new Graduate Certificate in Rural and Community Health offers students the chance to pursue graduate coursework in public health with a focus on rural and underserved communities.

The program emphasizes applied study to build skills in program planning and evaluation, health services administration and management, grant writing, and leadership within public health-related agencies that serve rural and other underserved communities.

This 17-credit certificate can be completed entirely online in two academic quarters, which is ideal for working students and those unable to commute to a traditional face-to-face academic program.

“In public health, you can impact more than one person at a time. The whole society is your patient.” — Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Rural and Community Health will be able to:

  • Design, implement and evaluate strategies that improve health at the individual, community, and population level
  • Identify determinants of health disparities in a variety of diverse settings and populations, including rural communities
  • Demonstrate skills in effective management of public health programs and collaborative partnership development for health improvements at the population level


Please see the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admission requirements.

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Admissions@cwu.edu