Why study Interdisciplinary Health and Social
The Interdisciplinary Health and Social Justice Certificate is unique in the region. There is growing recognition among practitioners and academics that the best approaches to macro health and justice challenges arise from collaboration among experts across fields. This certificate equips students to address those challenges through an interdisciplinary lens.
Students interested in public health, healthcare and social justice are excellent candidates for this certificate. Students who are passionate about social change and community improvement and empowerment are well suited for this program of study. The IHSJ certificate is also useful to students who want to pursue graduate work in sociology, psychology, public health or nursing.
This interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate prepares students for careers in diverse areas of public health and advocacy through training in theory, research and practice. Students learn sought-after skills that cut across industries and provide them with a credential that enhances marketability. Faculty work closely with students to promote learning, empowerment and community.
The Interdisciplinary Health and Social Justice certificate is comprised of outstanding faculty across the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences who hold doctoral degrees and are nationally recognized in the field. Faculty have a wide range of expertise including in the areas of sociology, nursing, psychology and health and human performance. The College of Behavioral and Health faculty affiliated with the IHSJ certificate are deeply committed to teaching and mentoring students at Austin Peay.
What will I Learn
- Apply interdisciplinary theoretical concepts relating to equity and social justice to analyze public health programs and policies.
- Identify the social determinant of health and their impacts on populations.
- Conduct community health assessments to determine community health vulnerabilities.
- Advocate on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized population to improve individual and community health outcomes.
- Identify evidence-informed strategies to promote health equity and social justice.