Sustainable Community Health Promotion in Social Work (Certificate)

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About the Program

Students will learn to apply a sustainability framework to analyze social conditions and social poficles that facilitate or impede achievement of healthy people and healthy communities. Using the sustainability model as an analytical tool, students will propose policies and interventions to maximize the economic, ecologic and social well-being of individuals, families and communities without jeopardizing the health of other communities and future generations. 

Students who earn a graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Health Promotion in Social Work will be able to: 

  • Articulate a holistic definition of health that includes the social, economic and environmental conditions essential to the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
  • Communicate the significance of environmental justice in achieving health and well-being for individuals, families and communities.
  • Analyze the disproportionate environmental health risks incurred by members of vulnerable populations, including low-income people, people of color, and people with disabilities.
  • Apply a sustainability perspective to the analysis and development of social policies to promote health.
  • Advocate for sustainable food systems and community green spaces to facilitate physical and mental health.
  • Use a sustainability model to devise a community health promotion program targeting a locally identified health problem.
  • Work collaboratively with public health officials and medical providers to prevent disease by facilitating healthy lifestyle choices for people of all ages and abilities.

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This course prepares students for effective professional intervention in a diverse world, and provides an understanding of how discrimination and oppression operate to limit the life opportunities of members of minority, vulnerable, at risk, and disenfranchised groups. A conceptual framework for understanding diversity, discrimination and oppression is presented and used to understand discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation. Selected theoretical perspectives are used to critically analyze the manifestations of discrimination and oppression and their impact on affected populations. Social world’s responses to discrimination and inequality, including strategies for intervention, are also examined.
Social work practice implications of the characteristics of the Latino population of the Southwest. The course will analyze distinctive practice in engagement, communication, and service with Latino clients, differential modalities and helping processes and the use of a sustainability framework for clinical and macro practice with this population.
This course provides advanced skills in policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, advocacy, social marketing, lobbying, international development policy, and social action mobilization. A sustainability framework is applied to policy development and analysis.
A variety of methods to assess macro social systems are studied and experiences are provided to develop macro assessment skills. This includes the logic frameworks for assessment, organizational assessment and use of standardized measures for documenting organizational functioning. The course teaches community asset mapping, sustainability assessment, and traditional community needs assessment methods.
Students gain advanced skills in organizational administration and management. Organizational assessment, human resources development, financial and board management, fund raising, policy planning and development, project management, sustainability in organizational management and program evaluation are addressed. Students explore "use of self" as they develop leadership skills and a commitment to excellence necessary for strengthening agencies and improving human services critically needed in the Border Region of South Texas and beyond.
Students gain advanced skills in community organizing and social advocacy. Community assessment, sustainable community development, volunteer management, fund raising, campaign management, networking and project management are addressed. Students will continue to explore their "use of self" as they further develop the leadership skills necessary to strengthen at-risk Latino community groups in the Border Region of South Texas and beyond.
Course examines cultural and systemic barriers which limit access to mental health services by Mexican Americans. Attention is also given to the development of strategies for improving service delivery.
Examination of special topics in social work practice.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

Additional Fees

No Application Fee
Graduation Fee: $50


Please review all the admission requirements for the Sustainable Community Health Promotion in Social Work (Certificate) degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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