Communication Sciences and Disorders and Public Health Certificate

Program Description

The purpose of the “Communication Sciences and Disorders and Public Health” certificate is to provide training to practicing audiologists (AuDs), speech-language pathologists (SLPs), AUD and SLP students, and other communication healthcare professionals on the frameworks of public health and how they can be applied to speech, language, and hearing health initiatives, thus improving communication on a population level. The certificate requires a firm foundation in public health concepts to apply this knowledge to the specialized area of communication sciences and disorders. The certificate allows for required coursework and electives in related fields

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for the certificate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Public 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 speech-language sciences and disorders, or have a completed Doctor of Audiology, Master’s of Arts or Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology or a related area 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: Communication Sciences and Disorders and Public 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