Population Hearing Health Certificate

Program Description

In March of 2021, the World Health Organization released its first World Report on Hearing. In this report, it was estimated that by 2050, nearly 2.5 billion individuals (or 1 in 4 people) will have some degree of hearing loss. This is a cause for concern as untreated hearing loss is associated with poorer health outcomes, higher healthcare utilization and costs, and decreased quality of life. The report also finds that there is a shortage of professionals trained in prevention, early identification, and management of hearing loss even among healthcare professionals. This global report has a similar tone to national efforts to improve hearing health outcomes. Specifically, Healthy People 2030 has several specific goals to prevent hearing loss and improve the quality of life for those living with it. 

Hearing healthcare providers need advanced training in population health to contribute to the discussion on meeting national and global objectives in improving hearing health. This certificate, the first of its kind, offers the opportunity for hearing health providers and public health experts to enhance the knowledge of population health concepts and apply them on a population level. It will be offered completely online to appeal to national interest in this topic area. 

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for the certificate program in Population Hearing Health:

  1. Applicants must be a graduate student at the University of Memphis, a graduate student studying in a field of public health or hearing sciences and disorders or have a completed Doctor of Audiology or a related degree with a GPA of at least 3.00. 
  2. Applicants who do not speak English as their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum TOEFL score. 
  3. To apply, students must submit an application form, a current or completed graduate transcript, and a one-page letter of intent to the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders for review. Letters of intent should describe reasons for pursuing the certificate, relevant background and experiences, and/or professional goals or plans. 
  4. Admission to this certificate program does not imply acceptance into any graduate program in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders or within the university.

Program Requirements:

Students are required to take the 3 required courses listed below along with two 3-hour electives. 

  • Required Courses (9 credit hours):
    • AUSP 7132/8132 Special Topics: Population Hearing Health
    • PUBH 7170 Epidemiology in Public Health
    • PUBH 7180 Foundations of Public Health
  • Electives (6 credit hours):
    • PUBH 7160 Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • HADM 7105 Health Policy and Organization of Health Services
    • PUBH 7002 Community Health Assessment & Program Planning
    • PUBH 7132 Health Program Evaluation (pre-requisite: PUBH 7160)
    • PUBH 7130 Social Determinants of Health
    • PUBH 7014 Public Health Communication
    • AUSP 7505 Interprofessional Education and Practice 

Retention/Graduation Requirements:

  1. To obtain the certificate, students must complete all three of the required courses (9 credits) and two electives (6 credits) for a total of 15 credits with a minimum grade of B (GPA = 3.00) in each course.
  2. In the semester of graduation, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

For additional information contact

Sarah E. Warren, AuD, PhD, CCC-A