U-M School of Public Health students have the option to earn graduate certificates across the University. The following are affiliated certificates, which may be of particular interest to SPH students. These certificates are administered through other units at the University:
- Healthy Cities Graduate Certificate offered by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
- Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Certificate offered by The School of Kinesiology
Cities are places of tremendous economic, political, and cultural opportunity, yet they are also important sites of public health concern. Built environments, human interactions, and public policies influence health outcomes in cities. At their best, these elements promote health and wellness. At their worst, they exacerbate chronic illness, infectious disease, substandard housing, toxic exposure, inadequate nutrition, and natural disaster. The emerging proliferation of healthy city initiatives worldwide is creating new opportunities to rethink urban processes from a public health perspective.
The Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities introduces students to basic skills and competencies needed to help develop health research, policy, and designs to build healthier communities. Coursework highlights the social, environmental, economic, and political determinants of public health and health equity in urban contexts. It also provides a foundation for understanding the interconnections between healthy urban populations, urban economic growth, and vibrant urban neighborhoods.
Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Certificate
The emerging field of Physical Activity and Nutrition focuses on issues related to the effects of physical activity (and inactivity), nutrition, obesity and metabolic irregularities and their relationship to disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness enhancement. Many of the health problems we face today require a multifaceted approach, and this certificate program provides students with the necessary tools to formulate important solutions.
The Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Certificate program brings together faculty from both the School of Kinesiology (administrative unit) and the School of Public Health who share similar research and learning objectives and establishes a culture of interaction across boundaries. This integrated discourse in physical activity together with nutrition challenges students and faculty to look at research questions and societal issues from a broader, interdisciplinary lens to create well-rounded leaders with an expanded portfolio of experiences and expertise that will help them integrate knowledge and research in fields such as medicine, physical therapy/rehabilitation, and nutritional sciences/dietetics.