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Program Requirements

  • Tuition and Fees

    Students enrolled in the program will pay graduate student tuition and fees. Click here for additional information.

    Financial aid is available to students enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours.  Please contact Mrs. Vera Miles-Heath for additional information.  She can be reached at (410) 651-6172 or via email at vmheath@umes.edu.


    Certificate Requirements

    Students are required to complete four, 3-credit hour courses.  The required courses are listed below.  With the exception of RUHD 504, courses in the certificate program can be taken in any order. However, students must successfully complete RUHD 501, 502, and 503 in order to enroll in RUHD 504.
    In order to receive the certificate, students must complete the program with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B).  Students are allowed to make a grade of C in one course while enrolled in the program.

    • RUHD 501: Foundations of Rural Health, Health Disparities, Social Inequities, and
      Health Behaviors (3 credits) - This course will explore the landscape of rural health in
      America, define key terms and topics related to rural health, explore critical issues in rural
      health disparities and social inequities, and introduce health behavior theories and models. It
      will also examine factors including cultural influences, racism, and health disparities that
      result in poor health outcomes within rural, medically underserved populations. (No
      prerequisite)

    • RUHD 502: Advancing and Advocating for Rural Health Policy and Program
      Development (3 credits) - This course will explore today’s major rural health policy issues in
      historical, economical, social, and political contexts within local, national, and international
      scenarios. It will equip students with tools to conduct needs assessments, analyze policy as
      well as plan, implement, and evaluate programs through an interdisciplinary approach.
      Students will gain the skills for engaging rural community stakeholders. (Prerequisite: RUHD
      501)

    • RUHD 503: Achieving Rural Health and Social Equity - Strategies for Addressing
      Social Determinants of Health, Contributing Factors, and Key Diseases (3 credits) -
      This course will examine rural health disparities, discuss the constructs and significance of
      social determinants of health (SDOH), assess the range of barriers and enablers that
      contribute to key disease states in rural areas, and explore the strategies for addressing the
      SDOH. (Prerequisite: RUHD 501)

    • RUHD 504: Rural Health and Health Equity Capstone Project (3 credits) - The course
      will provide students with real-world experience that applies the content areas from the
      program to develop, implement, and evaluate a program aimed at addressing social
      inequities and achieving rural health equity as part of the capstone project. It will integrate
      critical thinking skills, cultural competence training, research strategies, applications of public
      health functions and services, as well as health behavior theories and models in a final
      capstone project. (Prerequisites: RUHD 501, RUHD 502, RUHD 503)