Rural Community Health | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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All applicants and incoming students need to be aware that while the School of Nursing does not require COVID-19 vaccination, our clinical partners are requiring that all students are fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to clinical placement and proof of vaccination must be provided, in advance. The successful completion of the clinical component of your program is essential for graduation. As a result, students will not be able to complete program requirements for graduation without completing the clinical requirement.

Program Overview

Due to the global complexity of today’s world, it has become essential for health care professionals to acquire increased knowledge and skills to meet the healthcare needs of medically underserved populations around the world. The Interprofessional Rural Community Health certificate is an online course designed for students and graduates of any profession seeking to learn the pillars of health care in diverse settings. The online certificate program introduces students to fundamental concepts including the social, political, and economic determinants of health with a focus on meeting the needs of the medically underserved though empowerment of individuals to manage their own health and improve quality of life within their communities.

Emphasis on a team approach, the use of technology, and employment of evidence based strategies serve to prepare each graduate of the Interprofessional Rural Community Health Certificate program with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a variety of settings.

The Interprofessional Rural Community Health Certificate is appropriate for any student involved in Global Health, Public Health, Nursing, Health Administration, Allied Health, Medicine or others. This online certificate is completed in 12 semester credit hours. A field experience in the principle area of interest is expected in the final semester as part of program requirements. Completion of an online orientation module is required. Available for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Disclaimer: Due to changing regulations, the TTUHSC SON Graduate Programs cannot guarantee at the time of submission of an application that we can accept students from a particular state. At this time, we are unable to accept students living in the following states – Arizona, California, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

Admission Requirements

All applicants will be reviewed in an individual and holistic manner. No single factor will determine a student's admission. The Program Chair and appropriate committee carefully evaluate all qualified applicants with regard to the applicants' potential for successful completion of the program.



Admission Term Application Open Application Deadline
Fall September 1 August 1

How to Apply

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that their application is complete. Please contact the Office of Admissions at for an application. You will be required to complete an application, oath of residency form, personal statement and submit all transcripts (with the exception of transcripts from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center).

All application fees and placement fees/enrollment deposits are non-refundable.  Please be sure you are applying for the correct term/program before submitting your application.

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