This program is open to students who are currently enrolled in a master's degree program at the Rollins School of Public Health. 


Students earn a certificate by meeting the following requirements:
  1. Take one of the following courses, and earn a grade of at least a B+:
    • Social Epidemiology (Epi 591S)
    • Macrosocial Determinants of Health (BSHE 535)
  2. Take 6 credits listed on the course roster and earn a grade of at least a B+. This course cannot be used to meet the core course requirements of the student's degree program.
  3. Participate in 2 colloquia each semester that you are enrolled in the certificate program.*

    In the colloquia, invited speakers discuss emerging findings and interventions, novel theories and theoretical frameworks, and methodological advances that pertain to the socio-contextual determinants of health.

  4. Complete a capstone project or thesis on a topic related to the socio-contextual determinants of health.
    • At least one research question or aim must pertain to a socio-contextual factor.
    • Abstracts of the final projects must be submitted to the certificate committee for review and approval.

Note: You must upload an electronic copy of your Certificate Completion Form to the certificate program's website by April 12th (if you are graduating in the spring), July 12th (if you are graduating in the summer) or November 15th (if you are graduating in the fall). The form must be accompanied by an electronic version of the abstract of your capstone project or thesis (we do not need the actual capstone document or thesis). The certificate committee will review your submission to ensure that you have met all requirements, and can receive your certificate when you graduate.

*Please contact Dr. Hannah Cooper if you find that you cannot meet the requirement of attending two colloquia over the course of a semester.