Public Health Fundamentals for Park and Recreation Professionals Certificate

Promote understanding of your agency’s vital contribution to community health and wellness. This comprehensive program incorporates place-based assignments and five online courses including the Public Health & YOU courses developed in partnership with the Indiana University School of Public Health.

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The Public Health Fundamentals for Park and Recreation Professionals Certificate is comprised of five online courses covering the fundamentals of public health. The certificate is geared toward park and recreation professionals who want a deeper understanding of how their programming, facilities, and policies impact the public’s health. A key component of this certificate is the online discussion forums and web assignment that promote interactivity and sharing of ideas (available with the cohort option). The students move through the series of courses, assessments and assignments and receive constructive feedback on assignments. Students have the option to complete the certificate as a cohort or as an individual.

This course of study is our inaugural offering in engaging park and recreation professionals in health-related terminology and strategies. Successful learners leave this certificate with policy and programming ideas to influence their community’s health and the tools to communicate these changes to community leaders.

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Cohort Option: Three cohorts are available each year. The first cohort begins in March and ends in May. The second cohort begins in August and ends in October. The third cohort begins in November and ends in February. Register for the cohort that best fits your schedule. Individual Option: The individual option for the Certificate Program is currently accepting students.

Course Schedule

Students have the option to complete the certificate as a cohort or as an individual.

Cohort option: $275/person

The cohort option is recommended for people who enjoy interactive, online learning and have the ability to complete the series within 3-4 months. The cohort option includes discussion forums and assignment deadlines.

Individual option: $350/person

The individual option is recommended for people who work alone and prefer working at their own pace. Participants are required to complete the program 12 months from registration.

Course Progression:

  • Course 1: An Introduction to Public Health
  • Course 2: Environmental Health
  • Course 3: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Course 4: Public Health Administration
  • Course 5: Behavioral, Social, and Community Health

The certificate program includes the following elements:

  • Five self-paced, self-study e-courses
  • Independent study assignments, which are reviewed by course instructors, with substantive feedback provided
  • A Distributed Learning Platform site for storage of work and feedback

Be able to:

  • Describe the role of park and recreation agencies in resolving public health issues.
  • Apply concepts learned in the e-courses to a park and recreation model.
  • Identify and describe program and/or policy strategies that park and recreation agencies can use to promote health.
  • Identify partners outside the field of park and recreation who could assist in implementing and evaluating program and/or policy strategies.
  • Describe the different factors that impact positive health behavior with regard to the ecological model.

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The certificate will be most beneficial for park and recreation professionals and others interested in advancing their understanding of park and recreation agency impact on community health.


Good Overview and Great Resource MaterialsReview by John
The amount of resource information provided in the bibliographies is impressive. I liked that I was able to complete the course on my own schedule.

My organization is a charitable nonprofit entity. The questions were more aligned with someone working in a park and recreation agency.

Overall, it was a worthwhile learning experience. Many of the concepts, especially the theoretical models, were new to me. (Posted on 12/27/2018)

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