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Health Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Rural and Community Health Certificate

About our Rural and Community Health Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Rural and Community Health offers you the chance to pursue graduate coursework in public and global health with a focus on rural and underserved communities. 
Our program emphasizes a hands-on approach 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 program is online and can be completed in three academic quarters, which is ideal for working professionals and neo-traditional students. 



Program Highlights

Where is this program offered?  


How much does this program cost?  

Find out how much this program costs through the registrar

Careers and Outcomes   

Graduate students in public health can also choose to start the program with the Rural and Community Health Graduate Certificate, of which 15 credits go toward completion of the Master of Public Health degree. A degree in Health Sciences can support you in a career as a:

  • The average annual wage for a Health Education Specialist is $64,930. The Olympia-Tumwater, WA area ranked #2 in “Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Health Education Specialists: $67,840 
  • Now more than ever, communities need support from health specialists. A Community Health Worker's average annual wage is $47,780. Washington ranked #4 in States with the highest employment level in Community Health Workers: $48,130 

Degree Information

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application for graduate admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research  
  • A written statement of educational and professional objectives  
  • Three letters of recommendation written by professors or others capable of assessing your potential for success in a graduate program  
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended  
  • A non-refundable application fee to the School of Graduate Studies and Research payable at the time of filing application  

For information regarding admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the 2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog.    

Please see CWU Graduate School for more information. 

Contact Information 

Dr. Melody Madlem
Master of Public Health and Undergraduate Public Health Program Director 
Office: 302-R  Extension: 1971 

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