Allied Health & Healthcare Areas
An Allied Health & Healthcare Graduate Certificate is a specialty program that post-graduate students can take after completing a relevant master's degree. Such certificates may go by similar, alternative names such as post-master's certificate or post-graduate certificate. They are designed to help the student acquire niche skills or knowledge in a specific area related to allied health. These certificate programs open career pathways that might otherwise be restricted.
Before committing to pursuing an Allied Health & Healthcare graduate certificate, the prospective student should understand some key factors:
- Allied Health & Healthcare Certificates are generally taken over one academic year when studied full-time, or over two years in a part-time format
- The number of credits depend on the school's individual criteria and the specific certificate chosen. You will typically find they require 12, 15, or 18 credits. These credits are usually applicable toward a Ph.D. should the student later decide to continue their education
- Most Allied Health & Healthcare certificates require a 3.0 GPA minimum, yet some schools may ask for a higher score: typically, 3.5
- Some certificate programs may require a minimum number of clinical hours before application
An Allied Health & Healthcare Graduate Certificate:
- Provides specialty, in-depth, and vital knowledge in a niche area of allied health
- Gives the holder access to more jobs and career options
- Leads to higher pay on average
- Improves job security and adds flexibility
- Provides access to higher level roles including executive and strategic decision-making roles
- Opens doors in niche skill areas, which will also make you more attractive to employers
- Presents more networking opportunities as well as access to exclusive professional societies and organizations
- Permits access to special licensing in niche areas
- Applicable against specialist doctorate-level education and training
The following specialties are available as Allied Health & Healthcare Graduate Certificates:
Do you have a background in physical training or other sports science? An Athletic Training Graduate Certificate will help you enter the world of professional sports as an athletic trainer or gym manager.
Clinical Research Graduate Certificates are programs for students who want a lab career working on current medical research problems. You may focus on understanding epidemics, in biomedical research, or in developing pharmaceuticals.
Epidemiology Graduate Certificates are for medical, biology, and biomedical graduates whose career aspirations lie in the lab handling statistical data or examining the structure of viruses. You may work for private businesses, government agencies, or charities combatting the spread of communicable diseases.
Health & Wellness Graduate Certificates open doors to non-clinical roles, such as wellness coordinator in a corporate setting, health advisor, health writer, and in some cases occupational health. Some clinical roles may be open to you in administration. You may also work on public health programs for local government.
Health Informatics Graduate Certificates (also referred to as Clinical Informatics) are aimed at students with strong information technology skills who already have a health sciences background. Career options include Chief Information Officer (CIO), statistical data analyst, and roles in government, hospital systems, and more.
Health Information Management Graduate Certificates teach medical and administration grads the fundamentals of data management, structure, organization, and security. Career options include third party outsourcing record retrieval, clinical data management of patients, and big data for biostatisticians.
Health Policy Graduate Certificates are a great alternative to a full Master’s of Public Health (MPH) for students who have a related master’s degree. With this certificate you can work in a range of clinical and non-clinical environments shaping health policies for hospitals, local and state government, and some charities.
Health Services Administration Graduate Certificates are aimed at students with existing clinical experience who wish to expand their knowledge and skills to overseeing health services. Career choices include health logistics, organizational management, medical archives, resource planning, and financial service coordination.
Those with clinical health backgrounds interested in working behind the front lines may wish to consider a Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate. Managing clinical teams, procuring equipment, and overseeing the compliance and administration of hospitals are all suitable careers with this certificate.
A Nutrition Graduate Certificate is aimed at biology grads and medical professionals looking at careers in food and health. You could work as a dietician for hospitals, the general population, athletic organizations, or work for health advocacy groups.
Public Health Graduate Certificates are post-graduate qualifications for health professionals who want to move into public health and administration. Career options include government health advising, data analytics for policymaking, and roles campaigning for public health matters with non-profits and charities.