Division of Continuing and Extended Education

Health Disparities Professional Certificate

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Our mission is to address ​the social determinants of health and eliminate health disparities through continuing education that supports healthcare workers at all levels of their careers.

Professional Certificate Weeks Contact Hours CEUs Cost Start Date
Patient-Centered Care 8 80 8 $1249 TBD
Social Determinants of Health 10 100 10 $1449 TBD

Educational Objectives

Cleveland State University's Health Disparities Professional Certificates provide knowledge of the causes and issues of health disparities and strategies for eliminating disparities while improving learners’ social competence and leadership skills. The certificates are for individuals working towards or currently in health services, social services, policy, education, and other professions advocating for the health and well-being of our communities.

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will:

  • Become knowledgeable of the current research on health disparities and health inequalities
  • Become knowledgeable on the underlying cause of health inequalities
  • Be able to identify, describe, and be knowledgeable regarding possible solutions to address and reduce health inequalities in different populations.

The program offers two certificates: Patient-Centered Care and Social Determinants of Health. Certificate content is delivered in a blended format. Learners study one module each week at their own pace, followed by a weekly facilitator-led 90-minute group discussion via Zoom classroom.

To receive a certificate of completion, digital badge, and full CEUs, learners must complete all modules and attend 100% of the discussion sessions. If you must miss a discussion session, learners can complete a learning portfolio to receive the certificate of completion. Learners missing a discussion must notify the facilitator in advance and contact the Division of Continuing and Extended Education to request the learning portfolio option. The learning portfolio option is only available for two missed sessions. Learners who miss more than two sessions will not qualify for a certificate of completion or digital badge. A certificate of attendance will be awarded instead with equivalent CEUs earned.

Content is delivered in weekly module format via the Blackboard learning management system.
Zoom sessions meet from 6:00-7:30 PM weekly during the certificate. 


Patient-Centered Care Certificate TBD
Social Determinants of Health Certificate: TBD

TUITION: Professional certificates and certifications do not qualify for financial assistance. Payment is made in full at registration by credit card.

EMPLOYERS: Pay for tuition via purchase order upon request. Employers sending five or more employees qualify for a 10% discount.

Cleveland State University alums qualify for a 10% discount.

**Discounts cannot be stacked.


Nancy M. Pratt, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Division of Continuing and Extended Education
Office of Workforce Development
Cleveland State University
n.pratt@csuohio.edu or wkfcedev@csuohio.edu
Joan Thoman, PhD, RN, CNS
Associate  Professor
Director, Community Health Worker Program
Accredited Provider Program Director-  Continuing Education
Cleveland State University School of Nursing, College of Health