The certificate consists of 15 credits (2 required courses, 6 credits of electives, and 3 practicum credits).Students must complete course requirements and demonstrate consistent academic performance (B or higher in all certificate required courses). Click to view required and elective courses.
Additionally, required products demonstrate the learner’s achievements throughout the certificate program. These will be collected, along with community mentor evaluations, in a student portfolio to complete the certificate:
- Logic model of the program to be evaluated
- Document of an evaluation plan and method for pilot testing it
- Assignments that illustrate the use of observation, interviews, and document reviews in qualitative evaluation
- Document of an evaluation proposal
- Completed evaluation for a community-based program evaluation including all measurement instruments and methods for data collection and analysis, and reported results
Progress on the products will be reviewed each semester by the learner’s evaluation certificate mentor to assure that each document is at an acceptable standard. If a document is rated as below standard, the certificate participant will be required to redo the assignment until an acceptable standard is achieved.
Two distinct groups of people may apply to the certificate program:
1. Current Pitt Public Health students (non-degree, degree, MPH, MS, PhD, and DrPH): To apply, email a brief statement including name, current program, details on your reasons for pursuing the Evaluation Certificate, and the term in which you would like to begin to the Admissions Manager, Susan Charie (firstname.lastname@example.org). Other graduate level University of Pittsburgh students should follow application instructions on the Pitt Public Health Web site (www.publichealth.pitt.edu) under Student Affairs.
2. Community members and non-students: Students holding a baccalaureate degree may apply to the certificate program. Anyone may apply to the program to enhance career opportunities (e.g., public health professionals with or without MPH degrees). The standards for admission are equivalent to those for the MPH degree. Follow the application instructions for all degree programs and certificates found on the Pitt Public Health Web site (www.publichealth.pitt.edu) under Student Affairs.