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Certificate in Latino Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

The Latino/a culture, as a whole, has many common core values, traditions and experiences that differ from those predominant in American culture. Furthermore, although frequently referred to as a single ethnic group, Latinos are a highly heterogeneous mix of races, nationalities, values and traditions. Health programs and policies intended to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities of Latinos are often rendered less effective because they do not consider or adapt to these cultural differences. 
Latino/a's currently constitute 17% of the U.S population, 21% of Colorado, and 32% of Denver, making them the largest and fastest growing ethnicity in this country. Latinos throughout the United States still face many challenges, including insufficient educational attainment, high poverty, and high un-insurance rates. Significant disparities in Latino health are seen throughout the country. 

The Certificate in Latino Health is currently the only graduate public health certificate in the country devoted to preparing a sector of the public health workforce to address this need.  By pursing this certificate​, you will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to identify important gaps in Latino public health issues and understand how intervention programs are implemented to address disparities. 
The certificate program is intended to:
  • Develop the pipeline of talent, of individuals that can make a difference in the Latino community. 
  • Provide you with a theoretical framework, involvement in relevant experiential learning projects, nationally recognized expert speakers, and guidance from highly successful mentors.
  • Substantially contribute to reducing Latino health disparities and working to achieve health equity locally, statewide and nationwide.
Completion of the certificate requires a minimum of 15 semester credits, with 9 credits of required coursework and 6 credits of elective coursework. 


Course ID Course Name Credits
CBHS 6610
CBHS 6611
CHBH 5090
PBHC 5500
​Social and Behavioral Factors and Health (CU)
Foundations of Health Behavior (CU)
Behavior Change Theories (UNC)
Applied Behavior Change Theory (CSU)



PUBH 6600
PBHC 5160
Foundations in Public Health (CU & UNC)
Public Health Foundations (CSU)
CBHS 6645 Latino Health   ​4
Electives ​See list below ​6 min
​Total 15



Course ID Course Name ​Credits
​CU Anschutz
CBHS 6612 Methods in Research & Evaluation ​3
CBHS 6613 Planning & Implementation ​3
​CBHS 6615 ​Health Literacy & Public Health ​2
​CBHS 6624 ​Community Health Assessment ​3
CBHS 6632 Public Health in the Caribbean & Latin America 3
CHBS 6670 Community & Behavioral Health ​1 - 3
​EHOH 6621 GIS for Public Health Research & Practice ​3
EPID 6630 Epidemiology ​3
​HSMP 6601 ​Intro to Health Systems, Management & Policy ​3
​HSMP 6602 Health Equity ​3
​HSMP 6605 ​Health Policy ​3
​​​CSU ​ ​
​ETHS 5100 ​Ethnicity, Race, and Health Disparities ​3
​PBHC 5200 ​Health Systems, Management & Policy ​3
​PBHC 5700 ​Epidemiology for Public Health ​3
​​UNC ​ ​
​CHBH 5350 ​Effective Community Health Engagement ​3
​CHBH 6100 ​Program Planning & Evaluation ​3
​CHBH 6150 ​Methods in Public Health Research & Evaluation ​3
​CHBH 6200 ​Epidemiology ​3
​CHBH 6350 ​Policy, Advocacy, Leadership & Management in the Community ​​3

 Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete the certificate program will be able to:

  1. Describe the most common chronic diseases and associated risk factors affecting the Latino population.

  2. Identify and describe health disparities among various Latino groups and between Latinos and other US populations.

  3. Explain how the acculturation process and generational status of immigrant Latinos influences health and chronic disease status.

  4. Understand and explain the socio-cultural determinants of Latino health disparities.

  5. Research and critically review the literature to identify best practices and evidence-based interventions that effectively address Latino health disparities

  6. Develop and implement prevention strategies or interventions applied to real-life situations aimed at reducing health disparities and inequities of the Latino population.

  7. Establish a network of policy makers, professional organizations, resources, and academic and research professionals to promote health and wellbeing in Latino communities.

  8. Learn about community assessment and program implementation in Latino communities by interacting with faculty that have successfully developed ongoing research and/or service program projects in Denver.


 Additional Notes

  • Students who complete the Certificate in Latino Health are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program. Students who complete the Certificate in Latino Health and later apply to the MPH program are eligible to submit their transcript of completed certificate coursework in lieu of GRE scores.
  • A maximum of 21 credits taken in the certificate may be transferred into the MPH program. Of these 21, no more than 9 credits may be from coursework taken as a non-degree student
  • Students interested in seeking an MPH concurrently or following their Certificate in Latino Health can apply no more than 9 credits toward both programs. ​

 Admissions Requirements

​Review the admissions requirements here​. Ready to apply? Visit SOPHAS Express​ to submit your application.​​5

 Contact Us

Admissions Contact: 
 Colorado School of Public Health 
303.724.4613 (p) 

Office & Hours: 
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Colorado School of Public Health

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Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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