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Health and Human Services Certificate

About the Program

18 credits

The Health and Human Services Professional Certificate is designed for those interested in public health, human services, and home visiting professional careers. The goal of the certificate is for students to acquire knowledge and competencies required for professional practice and optimum service to individuals, families, and communities in need of supportive services to gain and sustain human potential to increase the quality of life. Students can choose the first course and the focus for their career goals in human services or public health. The remaining courses and field experience are applicable to all health, human service and home visiting professions. This certificate builds competencies in effective communication, ethical practices, cultural sensitivity, empowering others, assisting individuals in meeting personal needs, coordinating community services, and advocating for accessible, available, affordable high-quality services for all individuals.

Who Should Attend?
Who Should Attend? Those who aspire to a career in health and human services and are interested in a short-term academic credential. High school graduates interested in a program to leading to employability in health and human service occupations. Those who work in these professions without a formal academic credential.

Certificate Program Benefits
A certificate program is a flexible, convenient and short-term commitment to your professional development, self enhancement and career advancement opportunities. Certificate program courses can articulate to degrees in Child and Family Studies and Public Health.

Admission to Certificate Programs
A high school diploma or a GED is required. There are no prerequisites to this certificate. All courses are taken at Keystone College and no course transfers will be accepted.

This certificate is available at Keystone College, on-site or online. Dual enrollment for high school students may be an option. It can be offered for any health or human service organization with sufficient enrollment or as a consortium-based program with multiple organizations.

Financial Aid
Stand alone certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Students completing certificate programs while also pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree may be eligible for financial aid. Students should check with the Office of Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

Full-time students should contact the Financial Aid Office. Keystone College accepts all forms of tuition reimbursement from employers. Part-time students can contact the Professional Development Institute for information on loans.

Required courses

  • The Helping Relationship (HSER 2115): Introduces the essential components of a helping relationship and assists the student in developing the skills of helping (i.e., observation, recording of behavior, direct intervention with clients, effective communication, and self-assessment). 3 credits
    Introduction to Public Health (PBHL 1110): Introduces public health concepts and practice by examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities and results of public health practice at the national, state, and community levels. Addresses important health issues and problems facing the public health system. Case studies and a variety of practice-related exercises serve as a basis for student participation in real world public health problem-solving simulations. Stimulates interactions among learners and instructors around important problems and issues facing public health. 3 credits
  • Human Services Systems (HSER 2120): Provides students with an orientation to the systemic functioning of human services programs. Emphasis is on program development and evaluation, funding opportunities, governing regulations, and the range of services provided to children and families. 3 credits
  • Community Health (PBHL 2120): Focuses on the concept of community health by exploring the components of a healthy community and the interactions between the constituents within a community. Defines and uses community-based participatory research. 3 credits.
  • Developmental Psychology (PSYC 2110): Surveys human development covering the life-span from conception until death, including bio-psychosocial and cognitive changes that occur. Examines the major theoretical viewpoints of development. 3 credits.
  • Health Communication (COMM 2165): Surveys the developing sub-discipline of Health Communication. Examines communication and health education as part of the development of Self, the development of dyadic relationships with health care professionals, dynamics involved in small health groups (such as support groups) and large groups (such as insurance companies), concepts of public health initiatives and campaigns, and intercultural expectations of health communication. 3 credits
  • Field Experience (HSER 4710): Provides students with a 120-hour placement in a human services agency related to the student’s area of interest (i.e., education, children and youth, criminal justice settings). 3 credits

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