Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion

Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion 2018-06-19T16:01:30+00:00

Project Description

4 classes • 180 contact hours • fully online

The Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion trains wellness professionals and aspiring wellness professionals in the science of health education and promotion using industry standards. Health promotion professionals create and deliver interventions in settings ranging from worksites to colleges to community centers, and online groups. A health promotion professional must be skilled at interpreting scientific data, applying the theories of health behavior, and developing and evaluating health promotion programs. 

If you are a leader in health and wellness, or want to become a leader, the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion provides the scientific training and foundation necessary to achieve success with your health promotion goals. This program prepares you to analyze data related to the needs of your target population, to deliver impactful interventions to your clients or followers, and the problem solving skills to creatively meet the needs of the community you serve. 

FIW offers rolling acceptance, so you can apply at any time, and with four convenient start dates each year (January, April, July, October), you are never more than a few weeks away from starting the program!

  • Fully Online  – Complete the graduate certificate from your own home
  • Academic Success – Gain a competitive advantage in this rapidly growing field
  • Student Dedication – With a 92% graduation rate, FIW has a track record of ensuring that students succeed
  • Graduate Success – A whopping 94% of FIW graduates now work in their chosen fields

The diploma consists of 4 total classes, 45 contact hours each (equivalent to 3 graduate semester credit hours each). With accelerated terms of only 11 weeks and 4 start dates each year, you can earn your Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion in as little as 6-12 months!

Program Legitimacy

In such a rapidly growing field, it is more important than ever to confirm the legitimacy of your health education. As evidence of the higher standards you will find at the Franklin Institute of Wellness, we are proud to be fully authorized to grant college certificates and degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This commission oversees college education and ensures that diplomas and certificates issued by the FIW are recognized as legitimate college credentials nationwide.

This authorization is renewed annually and is based on standards concerning the quality of higher education offered by FIW, ethical business practices, student success rates, instructor qualifications, and fiscal responsibility. Franklin Institute of Wellness has been approved as a higher education institution since its foundation in 2013 and annual reviews have found that the school continues to meet those high standards each year.

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Comprehensive Curriculum

Health Promotion requires mastery of the skills required for needs assessment, program development, health interventions, and program assessment. This comprehensive focus empowers health promotion professionals to effectively improve the health of their followers or community. The required classes for the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion can be taken in 2 full time academic quarters, 4 part time academic quarters, or a customized course schedule that reflects your unique budget and availability.

There are 4 required classes which are 45 contact hours each. For planning purposes, a contact hour reflects 50-60 minutes of instruction delivery and requires an additional 1-3 hours of study time. Instruction delivery may be online lectures, hands-on assignments, textbook reading, or reading research studies. Additional study time is determined by each student’s unique learning style and previous experience with the subject.

Explore the Classes in the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion:

In this 45 contact hour class, you will learn about the history and philosophy of public health, the behavioral theories used for health promotion, ethics in health education, and the role of a health education specialist in the field of public health.

Instructor: Grad School Faculty
Offered in Quarters: 2 (Spring) and 4 (Fall)

This 45 contact hour class provides an introduction to the science of epidemiology as it relates to health promotion. It prepares you to evaluate, interpret, and apply findings from public health research studies to develop evidence-based, effective health promotion interventions across a wide range of settings.

Instructor: Dr. Jessie Hawkins
Offered in Quarters: 1 (Winter) and 3 (Summer)

 This 45 contact hour class provides an introduction to community nutritional health. It integrates epidemiological principles with research and policies related to nutritional status of various populations. You will learn how to identify community needs and develop interventions to meet those needs.

Instructor: Elizabeth Dunne
Offered in Quarters: 2 (Spring) and 4 (Fall)

In this 45 contact hour class, you will learn the key theories of health behavior, which explain the multiple influences in health related decisions. You will master the skill of integrating health behavior theories into your current or future career by identifying influences and targeting them through evidence-based interventions.

Instructor: Elizabeth Dunne
Offered in Quarters: 1 (Winter) and 3 (Summer)

Academic work at the Franklin Institute of Wellness is rigorous and comprehensive. Returning to college to earn a diploma is a challenge that requires commitment. However, our faculty members are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you have fully mastered the content in the classes. Upon graduation, you will have achieved expertise in the field of health promotion that empowers you to create effective change among your followers or within a given community.

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What is it like to study at FIW?

The Franklin Institute of Wellness values scientific research and academic excellence. We believe that higher education should demand higher standards. As such, studying at FIW is a challenging experience that will stretch you as a student, empowering you to become a professional ready to meet the demands of this fast-growing field.

While the academics at FIW are rigorous, we are proud of our 92% graduation rate, and it is because of this rigor that 94% of our graduates are employed in the field. Studying at FIW is not a process that begins today and drags on for years to come. Our faculty and staff are here to support you in this endeavor and ensure that you achieve success through program completion and beyond. We achieve this by prioritizing real world applications, social connections, optional study helps, and unmatched scientific exposure.

Real World Applications

Academics at the Franklin Institute of Wellness are focused on practical, real world applications. Your experience at FIW is where science comes to life as your instructors lead you beyond the simple memorization of concepts and theories to actual research studies and creative applications for real world problems you will see as a professional in this field.

We operate under the principle that the ability to recite constructs is insufficient to empower tomorrow’s professionals to apply these concepts to real world scenarios. Your education at FIW includes an extensive foundation in scientific applications of health promotion principles, culminating in practical applications which enable you to develop innovative solutions to the same problems you will solve as a professional. And your instructors are with you through every step of the process.

Social Connections

Connections and networking are key elements of success. Ensuring ample student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction in a fully online program can be a challenge that requires a commitment from both students and instructors. At FIW, your instructors respect your preferred study style. If your schedule is already packed and you are looking for academic support without further social obligations, your instructors are here to deliver what you need. If your preferred learning style is more hands-on and socially motivated, we have systems in place to support you in that endeavor as well. One strongly recommended option for students who prefer hands-on learning and lasting friendships with classmates is to attend an on-site workshop, if possible. These close-knit classroom and practicum experiences allow you to dive deep with your classmates and your instructors.

The Franklin Institute of Wellness offers regular study groups for students who are near the Nashville area or in town visiting. Student services also include social media groups, a student newsletter, students-only online workshops and webinars, and other activities scheduled throughout the academic year. Instructors offer support through a variety of methods, depending on the instructor’s teaching style and the course’s requirements. This may include online student forums, recorded video presentations, and even phone or Skype academic assistance, if needed. Students and graduates are also strongly encouraged to attend our Quarterly Open House events to spend more time with course instructors and network with other students.

Optional Study Helps

Here at the Franklin Institute of Wellness, we recognize the challenges of distance learning and strive to overcome the distance between your computer and our classrooms through ever-evolving and innovative measures to support your study needs. To encourage student participation in our on-site events whenever possible, students also enjoy extensive discounts on paid activities at the school, the ability to audit on-site workshops which are included for blended students, and students-only on-site activities such as hydrosol distillation demonstrations or research study groups. These optional events and activities provide even more exposure to the scientific foundation of the Franklin Institute of Wellness and promote effective and supportive relationships among instructors and students.

Unmatched Scientific Exposure

Because FIW is a research focused institution, all of our students are highly involved in the research process with regular opportunities to be a part of the research process. These opportunities range from on-site involvement in our clinical trials and other research projects to exclusive students-only webinars discussing the latest research findings long before these are released to the general public. As a student at FIW, you will enjoy regular exposure and interaction with current scientific research, empowering you to continue this habit long after graduation. By mastering this habit, you will be prepared to meet any challenges the field sends your way as you will have developed the skills to continue your education indefinitely.

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Affordable Tuition

The Franklin Institute of Wellness provides some of the most affordable college programs in the nation. Billing is flexible and easy to budget. You are billed at the start of each academic quarter for the classes you will take during that quarter. If you choose to take a quarter off, you are not billed during that time. Quarterly tuition is controlled by the number of credits you take each quarter, but total program tuition does not change.

To ensure that you remain unaffected by any tuition increases that may occur while you are a student at the Franklin Institute of Wellness, upon admission, you enter into a program agreement with the school. This program agreement confirms your graduation requirements and tuition totals. This agreement protects you from any tuition increases or program requirement changes that may take place while you are a student at FIW, ensuring that your budget and timeline are unaffected while you earn your diploma. The program agreement is valid as long as you remain a student in good standing at FIW. This is determined by adherence to attendance policies and our code of conduct.

There is a nonrefundable $75 application fee which is not included in the tuition and fees total. Upon acceptance, there is a $135 registration fee, and upon program completion, there is a $65 graduation fee. Tuition is paid per class and is $840 per 45 contact hour class. TOTAL TUITION for the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, including the registration fee and graduation fee, is $3,560. (This does not include the $75 application fee.) Tuition is paid in increments with each quarter’s registration.

Example Tuition Schedules:

Registration Fee: $135

Quarter 1 (90 contact hours): $1,680

Quarter 2 (90 contact hours): $1,680

Graduation Fee: $65

TOTAL: $3,560

Registration Fee: $65

Quarter 1 (45 contact hours): $840

Quarter 2 (45 contact hours): $840

Quarter 3 (45 contact hours): $840

Quarter 4 (45 contact hours): $840

Graduation Fee: $65

TOTAL: $3,560

*NOTE: Total course load is determined by your personal preference, your budget, your availability, and the availability of each class. This is a sample of a part time schedule assuming course availability and active student status for the entire duration of the program. Most students customize this schedule to meet their own needs, and changes to course load will result in changes to quarterly tuition billed. The total tuition, however, does not change.

Tuition does not include textbook costs. The cost for textbooks and fees can vary dramatically depending on your preferred textbook store. 

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Health Promotion Professionals are in High Demand

Health promotion professionals are crucial experts in the field of public health. As a result of the shift in focus from a treamtnet model of care to a preventive model of care, the field of health promotion is rapidly growing. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of health promotion professionals is projected to grow a whopping 16% from 2016 to 2026, far more than the average for other professions.

Health promotion professionals earn an average of $53,070 as of May, 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and because health promotion professionals can produce dramatic reductions in healthcare costs, approximately 19,200 new jobs are expected to be created in this field between 2016 and 2026. Now is the perfect time to enter this rapidly growing and highly rewarding field as a leading expert on health promotion.

Health promotion professionals work in a wide range of settings to positively impact health status. Many health promotion professionals are employed full time in hospitals, governmental organizations, outpatient care centers, religious organizations, and worksites. Modern health promotion professionals may also be entrepreneurs, working through blogging websites and social media to positively influence health. Work as a health promotion professional is highly rewarding, with hands-on responsibilities which result in direct (and often dramatic) improvements to health status.

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Learn More About the Program


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or other 4-year degree from a fully authorized postsecondary institution. A postsecondary class in anatomy and physiology is also required. Students for whom English is not their first language will also be required to submit an English proficiency test to ensure ability to benefit. All applicants must submit official transcripts (issued directly from your previous college), 2 letters of recommendation, an admissions essay, and the nonrefundable $75 application fee.

This program is open to professionals and aspiring professionals alike. Whether you are looking for a career change, to enhance your existing career, or to launch a new career, this program provides the academic foundation you need to thrive as a health promotion professional. 

The Application Process

The Application process includes submission of the required materials, an admissions interview with Dr. Jessie Hawkins, and an orientation workshop, which can be completed online. A complete application includes several parts: the application itself, a $75 nonrefundable application fee, an admissions essay, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts.

The best way to get started is to begin compiling your admissions materials. Think about who may provide your letters of recommendation and begin requesting that your transcripts are sent to us from your previous schools. Then join us for an Open House, Admissions Webinar, or other event outlined above. Keep in mind that admissions typically takes 2-3 weeks, so if your desired program start date is approaching, you will want to reach out to admissions right away to discuss expedited admissions options.

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Dr. Debiasi holds Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is licensed as a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. Her research interests include dietary supplement efficacy and international research on pediatric wellbeing.
Elizabeth Dunne holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Sciences and is a Registered Dietitian. Her research interests include pediatric nutrition, health equity, health behaviors, and community health.
Dr. Jessie Hawkins holds a PhD in Health Research with an academic emphasis on environmental health and epidemiology. Her research interests include clinical trials and meta-analyses on herbs, essential oils, and dietary supplements.


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