Public Health Workforce Skills Micro-Credential
Bolster your skills as a public health professional as you address the health needs and well-being of communities through a social justice and public health lens.
In the Public Health Workforce Skills Micro-Credential, you will gain practical skills that can be applied to your current public health work.
Public Health Workforce Skills Micro-Credential Program Highlights
This non-credit micro-credential is for current public health practitioners to help you collaborate with clinicians and other professionals to develop culturally competent and social justice oriented public health programs. You will be trained in the skills and knowledge necessary for community-based public health program development and management, grant proposal development, public health leadership skill and public mental health needs awareness.
In Touro University California's Public Health Workforce Skills Micro-Credential, you will:
- Gain the necessary skills to operate effectively as public health professionals.
- Apply principles of community-based public health program development, leadership, governance, and management and grant writing.
- Create a vision, empower others, foster collaboration, and guide decision-making.
The non-credit micro-credential provides professional learning for current public health practitioners to collaborate with clinicians and other professional to develop culturally competent and social justice oriented public health programs. Participants are trained in the skills and knowledge necessary for community-based public health program development and management, grant proposal development, public health leadership skill and public mental health needs awareness.
The micro-credential offers two courses in the Fall and two courses in the Spring. Learners have 12 months to complete each course from the start date. As the learner completes each course they will earn a badge, and once a learner has completed three of the four courses, they will earn their micro-credential.
What You’ll Learn
Completing this micro-credential will bolster the skills for public health professionals and practitioners to help them address the health needs and well-being of communities through a social justice and public health lens. Learners must complete three of the following four courses to earn this micro-credential.
PBHC 606 - Community Health Promotion (0 Credits)
This course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of the basic concepts, skills, models and resources currently utilized in the field of health education and promotion. The course will assist health care providers and public health professionals to holistically approach their work and acquire the essential tools to deliver information and strategies to improve health with a focus on underserved populations. Through lectures, weekly readings, assignments, in-class discussions/presentations, guest lectures from local public health experts and Community Health Promotion Work Practice, students will explore various approaches to community-based health promotion. We will explore how these approaches connect efforts to promote social justice and to end health disparities.
PBHC 611 - Grant Writing and Program Management (0 Credits)
Public health institutions are financed through a combination of public and private sources. An important component of this financing for many public health programs is grant funding. These funds are available from a variety of private foundations and government sources. Every healthcare professional in a public institution must be aware of these sources of funding and the means by which these funds are awarded. This course provides the student with an understanding of the grant writing process from proposal development to funding, and on to implementation. Students will explore grant funding sources and prepare sample submissions based on real life scenarios from local Bay Area non-profit programs.
PBHC 627 - Mental Health in Today's Complex World (0 Credits)
Mental Health is becoming a vital part of our public health system. Mental health goes beyond simple mental illness and moves to a whole view of how humanity can care for itself. Mental health services can transform how we build responses to things like substance abuse, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Mental health services are a big part of the evolution of our public health system. This course provides an introduction to the public health approaches to the prevention and early intervention of mental health disorders. Including community based, school, family and individual level approaches and interventions.
PBHC 637 - Leadership in Public Health (0 Credits)
This course is organized under two main themes: understanding yourself (and others) and working with others. The course is designed to initiate reflection, build community, and inspire action in the area of public health leadership. The course will give each student an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their leadership style that is rooted in their values, vision, and career goals; apply leadership insight to case studies and reflection exercises covering a range of public health topics including: maternal/child health, environmental health, and participatory decision making; and apply a growth mindset to develop individually as a leader and use insight to enhance relationships with peers, community members, and colleagues.
At the conclusion of this micro-credential, you will:
- Have the skills in teamwork and organizational performance
- Have developed skills to effectively lead public health teams
- Have developed capacity and abilities in public health leadership
- Understand the grant proposal writing, funding an implementation process
- Know and understand approaches to community-based health promotion
- Understanding methods to prevent and for the early intervention of mental health disorders
Who is this Public Health Micro-Credential For & How Can it Advance My Career?
No previous experience or degree is required to enroll in the courses. The courses are designed to provide the necessary materials and information for you to successfully complete the course.
Who is eligible to participate in the micro-credential?
Do you work in a local or State health department? Do you work in a community-based public health organization or nonprofit? Are you looking to meet tomorrow’s public health needs? The Public Health Workforce Skills Micro-Credential is an ideal opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills in preparation for the changing needs of public health.
You should apply for the TUC public health workforce micro-credential if you want to:
- advance your career
- change jobs or companies—or transition to a new role in your current organization
- be more productive in your current job
- further your knowledge or skills while in college