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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Development Studies Certificate

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Certificate Name and Number:  Development Studies Certificate – CTDVPG

Department(s)/Unit(s):  Communication & Development Studies and International Development Studies, Center for International Studies

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry:  Fall, Spring

Enrollment Eligibility:  Current degree-seeking student

Certificate Overview:  The graduate certificate program in Development Practice prepares students to apply their expertise in a range of international development activities. The program offers a combination of in-depth understanding of the conceptual foundations of international development studies and relevant skills for engagement in applied development work. The program of study links theory and practice through its distribution of theory, applications, and internship requirements. The program is intended to complement a major course of study and better prepare students for work as practitioners in relevant government, development, and aid agencies.

This program requires a minimum of 20 semester credit hours. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to develop proficiency in the conceptual frameworks of international development and to develop more targeted proficiencies in areas of professional and/or research interest.

Certificate Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to synthesize core area concepts and theories and acquire the skills to apply and evaluate these concepts to global opportunities and challenges.
  2. Students will be able to develop effective written and oral communication skills, characterized by the ability to write and present in the styles and forms that are acceptable in the professional world and/or for research in international studies.

Opportunities upon Completion:  Students who enroll in this program will be in a position to explore a variety of opportunities ranging from employment with government and nongovernmental organizations, to applied research, to pursuing other specialized training areas in development.

Completion Requirements:  Students should complete

  • One course in development theory
  • Two courses focused on development application
  • Internship

Students should complete one development theory course.

  • GEOG 5450: Gender, Environment, and Development (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 6420: Seminar in Development: Theories of Development (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 6410: Seminar in Development: Environment and Development (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 6430: Seminar in Development: Gender and Development (4.0HR)

Students should complete two courses focused on development applications in health, environment, gender, education, or new technologies (including courses in development-related research methods). The courses must be agreed upon with the chair of the certificate program.

  • HLTH 5120: International Health Programming (3.0HR)
  • MPA 5890: Non-profit Management (3.0HR)
  • POLS 5560: International Organization (3.0HR)
  • HLTH 6150: Maternal and Child Health in Africa (3.0HR)
  • HLTH 6100: Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3.0HR)
  • HLTH 6040: Research and Quantitative Methods for Health Services (3.0HR)
  • HLTH 6170: HIV/AIDS in Africa (3.0HR)
  • HLTH 6240: Community Health Programs (3.0HR)
  • ES 5250: Watershed Management (3.0HR)
  • ES 6830: Concepts in Environmental Sustainability (3.0HR)
  • COMS 6230: Gender and Communication (4.0HR)
  • ANTH 5450: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0HR)
  • INST 5915: Special Topics in International Development Studies: Development Practice (4.0HR)
  • INST 5916: Special Topics in International Development Studies: Health and International Development (4.0HR)
  • INST 5917: Special Topics in International Development Studies (4.0HR)

Program participants are required to pursue an internship experience with a relevant government agency or non-governmental organization. The internship offer substantial professional experience relevant to the participants applied development interests.

  • INST 6910: Internship (1.0-15.0HR)

Financial Aid Eligibility Information:

  • Degree-seeking students may use federal financial aid only for 1) coursework fulfilling requirements of their degree, including required elective hours, or 2) coursework toward a second financial aid-eligible program.
  • Students receiving federal financial aid may not take courses for this certificate unless they are also enrolled full-time (9 hours) in their degree program during the same academic term. Financial aid may be used for courses that count toward both degree requirements and the certificate.

Admission Requirements:  No additional requirements beyond university graduate admission requirements.

International Students:  This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate. However, this certificate can be completed during any Ohio University graduate program and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to that degree program.

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