• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The MU graduate certificate in participatory health research helps professionals in health care, public health and social work understand community-based, patient-centered and clinical effectiveness research methods. If you want to identify best practices in prevention, treatment and the monitoring of clinical conditions and health delivery systems, this may be the program for you.

This program may help advance your career in:

  • Clinical research 
  • Community health care 
  • Health policy 
  • Data analysis 
  • Outreach 
  • Patient centered care

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Taking two classes each semester will allow you to finish the program in one year.

Course work will help you:

  • Gain skills in participatory inquiry and application 
  • Expand your professional expertise 
  • Enhance your career advancement potential 
  • Develop partnerships with communities and populations 
  • Enlarge your professional network 
  • Fulfill the pursuit of lifelong learning

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  4. You also must undergo an interview (in person or via phone or video chat) with three members of the program faculty. This requirement is waived if you are currently enrolled in graduate studies at MU and making satisfactory progress.
  5. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  6. Résumé or CV.
  7. Essay (500 words) describing your research interests, professional goals and how participation in the graduate certificate program will enhance these goals.
  8. Two professional recommendations. Submit names and contact details for recommendation providers within the online application. This requirement is waived if you are currently enrolled in graduate studies at MU and making satisfactory progress.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 15
December 1
April 15


  • Statistics course options (only 1 required)
  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 7010Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers3 Credits

    Examines basic concepts of data management, study design, descriptive and inferential biostatistics using analytic software. Emphasizes statistical literacy and critical thinking for health researchers. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3 Credits

    Introduces statistical techniques including descriptive statistics, correlation, simple regression and hypothesis testing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: College Algebra or equivalent.

  • Epidemiology course options (only 1 required)
  • F_C_MD 8420 Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    Examines methods of study of disease frequency and distribution in populations. Utilizes small group discussions for understanding of current medical literature. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 8100Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    Explores key concepts of epidemiology and epidemiologic methods for studying the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Application to public health and population-based practice addressed. Prerequisites: NURSE 7150 or faculty consent.

  • Required core course
  • NURSE 8425Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems3 Credits

    (same as F_C_MD 8425). Focuses on the use of participatory approaches for the design of health and health-system interventions. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8100 or F_C_MD 8420 or instructor consent.

  • Practicum course options (1 required)
  • NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project3 Credits

    Final synthesis of DNP coursework culminating in an in-depth practice change project or case analysis impacting a rural or other undeserved population or critical healthcare system need. May be repeated for credit. Some sections may be offered on an A-F or S/U graded basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 8930 and NURSE 9070.

  • NURSE 9710Advanced Research Practicum3 Credits

    Mentored research experience designed by student, mentor, and program committee based on student's substantive areas of interest and program of research. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 9120; advisor consent.

  • F_C_MD 8450Research in Community Health3 Credits

    Original research in community health not leading to a thesis but requiring a formal research report.

  • F_C_MD 8424Comparative Effectiveness Research3 Credits

    Advanced research class that presents a framework for analyzing observational studies and randomized trials for comparative effectiveness. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Two recent semester-length courses in statistics such as NURSE 8020 or STAT 2500 or above; Working knowledge of managing and analyzing data in SPSS or SAS; Research methods; or consent of instructor. Recommended: One semester of epidemiology is strongly recommended.

  • NURSE 9450Doctoral Seminar: Social Determinants of Health3 Credits

    Doctoral seminar on defining, measuring and conducting research on social determinants of health. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: NURSE 9120 and NURSE 9410.

  • NURSE 9460Theories and Interventions in Health Behavior Science3 Credits

    Focuses on health behavior science theories, linking theories to measurement, and designing health behavior interventions. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 9100, NURSE 9120 or faculty consent.

  • P_HLTH 8120Applied Epidemiology in Community Assessment3 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain skills and abilities in assessing population groups and determining their priority public health problems. Students will consider a variety of strategies for empowering and mobilizing populations in collaborative public health efforts. Communication skills are key to the community assessment and intervention process, particularly in translating epidemiological data to lay audiences, and advocating for action. Students will be challenged to communicate public health issues effectively both on-line and in writing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 8420, Graduate level Statistics (STAT 7020 or STAT 7410). Prerequisites or Corequisites: P_HLTH 7952.

  • P_HLTH 8953Evaluating Global Public Health Programs3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare students to evaluate global public health programs, preferably in developing countries. Students will identify a global public health issue, find one or more global health intervention or prevention programs, evaluate the programs using principles of evaluation research methods, and suggest implications for global public health promotion. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 7952 or P_HLTH 8420.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $459.90
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $473.93
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1379.70
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1421.79
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $459.90
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $473.93
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1379.70
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1421.79
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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