Advance Your Career in Health Sciences on Your Schedule

The demand for health care workers is growing and those with specialized knowledge and skills in health sciences are in high-demand. Nova Southeastern University's Health Science certificate programs are designed to give you a competitive edge. Our programs will help you provide improved patient care, qualify for more job openings, and earn a higher salary.

The Health Science certificate comes with three concentration options: Telehealth, Global Health, and Education for Health Care Professionals. The program is conducted fully online, so that you can continue working while advancing your expertise. This program is only available to students with a master's or doctorate degree. Once you've obtained the certificate, your credits may be applied toward NSU's Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Science programs.

Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Coursework for the Health Science Certificate is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

Start Dates

The H.Sc. Certificate program is available to start in January, April, July, or September. 


Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Credit Hours
NSU's Health Science Certificate program consists of 16 total credits and can be completed in one year.

Health Science Certificate Concentrations

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Education for Health Care Professionals

If academia is your passion, gain the credentials to pursue post-secondary teaching in your professional specialty, as well as pursue higher-level director and dean roles.

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Global Health

Make your mark on the world: lead teams, research, and educate others with new expertise in global policy, international health organizations, governments, and specific populations.

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Telehealth is hot, and as tracked by the American Medical Association, “growing at 53% - faster than any other place of care.” Those with the skills to spearhead this skyrocketing sector will be in demand.

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Certificate in Health Science: Program Details

  1. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate a cumulative master's degree GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for regular admission.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s health care license (if applicable).
  4. Prior health care experience in the capacity of an advanced health care practitioner is required and is strongly considered in the admissions process
  5. The certificate program is a post-professional certificate designed for health practitioners, public health professionals, and health care administrators from a wide variety of disciplines. The successful nonclinical applicant will demonstrate at least two years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility in a health care setting. Professional experience will be documented by an organizational chart demonstrating the nonclinical applicant’s position within the organization, a resume, relevant license/s, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor attesting to the applicant’s level of responsibility within the organization. Nonclinical applicants will also need to submit a statement concerning their career and professional goals within the health care environment. Fellowship or certification by a recognized health certifying body is desirable, such as FACHE. (Successful past applicants and graduates have included physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, master’s degree-level social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, health care administrators, and athletic trainers.)


Please note, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.

The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling admission basis throughout the year. Applicants can apply for admission for any one of four starting dates during any academic year. Each term runs for 12 weeks. Admission deadlines for submitted application and required documents are as follows:

Application Deadlines by Term

  • Spring: December 2 - March 1
  • Summer: March 2 - June 1
  • Fall: June 2 - August 15
  • Winter: August 16 - December 1

Before the applicant can be reviewed for possible admission, the following must be submitted:

  • Completed Health Science Certificate application form.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Unofficial transcript indicating a master’s degree, even if in progress. NOTE: Undergraduate transcripts are not required for review purposes.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of applicant's health care license (if applicable)
  • Non-clinical applicants- Organizational chart demonstrating leadership position
  • Non-clinical applicants – career and professional goals statement

Send transcripts and all required documents to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
College of Health Care Sciences
Health Science Doctoral Admissions
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

  1. Official and final transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate, professional, and graduate institutions of higher learning. Conferral degree and conferral date must be on the transcript(s) from where you earned a degree.
  2. All coursework from international institution(s), Applicant is responsible for contacting one of the evaluation services listed here. The evaluation must be course by course including a cumulative GPA The official evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the NSU EPS address shown above for all documents:

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: (305) 273-1616
    Fax: (305) 273-1338

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 415070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400

    World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311


Our certificate programs may be completed in Telehealth, Global Health, or Education for Health Care Professionals. Concentrations and their curriculums may be found below. To view course descriptions and term offerings, please review our catalog.

Education for Health Care Professionals Concentration

The Education for Health Care Professionals concentration is designed to provide clinical and administrative health professionals with the theoretical and practical training necessary to enhance career mobility and professional advancement. The certificate program offers a concentration in essential areas of education using existing education for health care concentration coursework for those who do not need or desire a primary or secondary doctorate to achieve their career goals. The following courses are required for this certificate:

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8196: Theories and Principles for Health Care Educators


DHS 8197: Traditional and Competency-Based Curriculum and Implementation


DHS 8190: Health Care Education


DHS 8195: Academic Health Program Development


Global Health Concentration

The Global Health concentration prepares students to work internationally to address global health outcomes. The following are required courses for this program. Students must take four of the five offered courses to meet the concentration requirements. In addition, they can take either DHS 8400: Global Health Issues or DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology, whichever meets their professional development needs.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8045: The Influence of Ethics and Culture on Global Health


DHS 8095: Global Health Policy


DHS 8400: Global Health Issues


DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology


DHS 8700: Comparative International Health Systems


Telehealth Concentration

The Telehealth concentration emphasizes the basics of telehealth, the importance of interprofessional collaboration, the roles of different health care providers, and the technology needed for successful telehealth implementation. The following courses are required for this certificate program:

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8820: Telehealth Concepts, Applications and Future Trends


DHS 8825: Technological Infrastructures of Telehealth


DHS 8830: Strategic Planning for Telehealth Programs and Services


DHS 8835: Telepresence


The program is designed to be completed in an online format. You’ll need an internet connection to access course materials and the online student center. As with most graduate programs of study, papers compose a large portion. Many courses also require a journal to be kept, as well as discussion board postings. Keep in mind, this is an online program. The majority of communications will be in writing.

Each professor determines the need for a textbook and online readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text(s) for each course. Because this is a doctoral level program, primary source readings, instead of textbooks, are emphasized. Use of the NSU library is required and is available at a distance.

The online courses work very much like a classroom and you will be required to interact with the professor and the other students in your virtual classroom, as well as adhere to any assignment due dates. There is an online student center where you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.

How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors methods, and your study area.

We consider one class per semester to be full time. At one class per semester, each certificate can be completed in one year.

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