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Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:  July 15
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Health Literacy Graduate Certificate

Improved health literacy increases health equity. This reduces disparities through improved communication between patients and health consumers and those who provide health information, such as doctors or public health workers.

This graduate certificate strengthens competencies already acquired in fields such as nursing, social work, public health and adult literacy. You will learn the importance of understandable and actionable health information, the challenges of acquiring and changing health-related behavior and the development of programs in the community for addressing low health literacy.

Program Details

Admission Requirements for Health Literacy Certificate

When applying to the Health Literacy Graduate Certificate program, you will need to submit several documents for review:

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $50
  • Goals statement (upload with the application)
  • Official transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA or master’s degree required for admission. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing to:

    Georgia State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 4018
    Atlanta, GA 30302

For everyone in this program there are three (3) required courses:

PHPB 8275 Health Literacy

EPY8070 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning

EPY8960 Health Behavior: Acquisition and Change

For Social Work:

Add one of these: SW8330 Health Challenges or SW8350 Economic Justice, Inequality and Poverty

For Nursing:

Add one of these:
NURS8100 Health in Vulnerable Populations or NURS8675 Health, Law, Vulnerable Populations and Disparities

For Public Health and Educational Psychology (EPY):
Add PHPB 8255 Health Communication

The goals and outcomes of this graduate certificate will:

  • Strengthen competencies already acquired in fields such as educational psychology, nursing, social work, adult literacy and public health
  • Learn health literacy from a socio-ecological perspective
  • Learn how to develop health literate materials



This graduate certificate will add a skill set to careers such as nursing, research, public health and social work.


Department of Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing Address and Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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