Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care

The non-degree Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care provides public health and clinical health professionals with the knowledge, tools, and skills to enhance their public health practice in the community orientation of health services.  COPC constitutes a bridge between individual clinical care and public health in which the focus is the community.  It is a practical model of the delivery of health care with a purpose to rationalize, organize and systematize existing health resources through interventions at the community level. 
The COPC Certificate is based on the combination of primary care, community orientation, and public health dimensions of health care.  The curriculum provides the framework and content for engaging in effective health care delivery in the community, with impact on not only individual patients but the whole population. The Certificate curriculum consists of three core courses, two COPC courses, and one elective for a total of 18 hours. Full-time students can complete the program in two consecutive semesters (fall and spring); whereas part-time students who complete 6 credits hours in each semester with no gap in the academic year can graduate in two years.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum
A total of 18 credit hours are required for completion of the Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care (CCOPC). 

Core Courses: 15 Credit Hours 

CPH 501 Health Behavior

3  cr hrs

CPH 500 Foundations of Public Health
CPH 502 Health Services Administration

3  cr hrs

CPH 504 Introduction to Epidemiology

3  cr hrs

CPH 551 Community Oriented Primary Care: Principles and Practice

3  cr hrs

CPH 552 Opportunities and Challenges in the Application of COPC

3  cr hrs

Elective Course: 3 Credit Hours
College of Public Health course(s) selected with assistance of CCOPC advisor    

3  cr hrs

 Total Credits:

18 cr hrs