Grow your skills with Northeastern’s Social Determinants of Health Certificate

Northeastern University’s online Professional Certificate in Social Determinants of Health develops in-demand skills and knowledge for health professionals about the social and structural root causes of health inequities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted these existing health disparities, the Professional Certificate in Social Determinants of Health meets a growing demand for health professionals to have fundamental knowledge of the social determinants of health, including social isolation and social support, structural/ institutional racism, income inequality, and social and economic policies.

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The certificate is geared toward multiple health professionals such as nurses, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, social workers, counselors, therapists, first responders, community health workers, and others.

It develops the following skills: awareness of the roles of social determinants of health in population health; knowledge of the pathways through which they can impact health; specifics in the ways in which health of different populations and demographic groups can be impacted; and enhancement of evaluation, diagnosis, and communication with patient and clients. These areas of study will be covered in the following six modules:

  • Introduction to Social Determinants of Health
  • Socioeconomic inequalities and health
  • Neighborhoods and health
  • Gender and health
  • Race, ethnicity, and structural racism and health
  • Integrating awareness of Social Determinants of Health into one’s professional practice

The Professional Certificate in Social Determinants of Health is not for credit and is delivered fully online with no synchronous components. The Certificate is offered in the span of a regular 15-week Northeastern semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).  It is expected that each module can be completed in 2 weeks, with the final weeks devoted to preparing the final project.

Participants who complete this program might be eligible to receive continuing education units, as well as a Badge from Northeastern University at the completion of the program.

Nurses who complete the modules and evaluation will be awarded 120 contact hours by Northeastern University School of Nursing, accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

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