Academic Catalogs

Public Health, Certificate of Achievement

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_PUBH
Control Number: 39515

This program will introduce students to health science, including personal health and public health. Students can choose from a variety of courses that will increase their knowledge and understanding of the biopsychosocial model of health, the determinants of health, and how to work towards reducing health disparities across communities. Students will be able to evaluate the burden of disease for a population and analyze global health issues for a social justice perspective. The impact of the environment, socio-economics, politics, and culture on health and health systems are also explored.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to analyze disparity in health outcomes across populations using evidence-based methods and identify effective intervention strategies.
  2. Students will be able to analyze global health issues and identify the impact of environment, socioeconomics, politics, and culture on health and health systems.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Core Courses
PUBH A100Personal Health3
PUBH A200Introduction to Public Health3
Restricted Electives9-10
Select a minimum of 9 units.
Drugs, Health, and Society
Health and Social Justice
Peer Health Education Level 1
Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs
Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs
Techniques and Topics in Health Education
Techniques and Topics in Health Education
Assessing and Analyzing Health Information
Peer Health Education Level 2
Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Ethnic Groups in the U.S.: Their Histories
Digital Mapping: Introduction to GIS
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Biology Honors
General Microbiology
Social Science3
Select one course.
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology Honors
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology Honors
Total Units18-19