Certificate Programs

Because we know there are many competitive benefits our courses can offer you, we have created two professional certificates. Learn from highly-regarded scholars in the field of gender-based violence. No advanced degree necessary.


Our certificate programs offer competitive benefits for:

  1. Gender-based violence practitioners with, or seeking, a master's degree in another field (e.g. social work, nursing) who want to enhance their skills and knowledge regarding domestic and sexual violence.
  2. Professionals who work with a high percentage of victims of gender-based crimes, like police officers, attorneys, nurses, therapists and dentists.
  3. Managers in related fields seeking an understanding of gender-based violence and the policies, services and public consciousness surrounding it.
  4. Professionals interested in making a career change.
  5. Recent college graduates interested in entering the field of domestic violence.

Apply at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs


Subject Areas

Each class features conversations with experienced practitioners, in-depth discussions with peers and presentations from nationally-renowned speakers proficient in a range of relevant subject areas.

Subjects included:

  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Criminal and Social Justice
  • Women’s Studies
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Policy
  • Community Organizing

The program takes two years to complete at one course per spring and fall semester.
Learn more about the Cohort Experience

Certificate in Gender-Based Violence Studies

This 12-credit-hour certificate is ideal for advocates and professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge, gain expertise and build critical skills in the field.


You complete four hybrid GBV classes over the course of two years:

Certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care (CIVHC)

Developed in collaboration with local and national advisors representing schools of nursing, medicine and dentistry, this certificate produces knowledgeable health practitioners skilled in meeting the needs of patients experiencing gender-based violence.


You may apply for either 12 hours of academic credit or continuing education credit for these courses. You complete four hybrid gender-based violence classes over the course of two years:


The UC Denver College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing education credits may also be available in these professions:

  • Dentistry
  • Medical
  • Social work