Program of Study
The HIV Studies certificate program, hosted by the Center for Collaborative HIV Research in Policy and Practice (CCHRPP), is open to students enrolled in graduate degree programs or as a self-standing program with a minimum of 12 credit hours.
Required Courses (6 credits)
- AIDS Epidemiology
- Addiction and Public Health
The HIV Studies certificate program demonstrates how to apply your public health skills through the lens of HIV by working directly with practitioners and researchers.
In addition to taking courses, you will have opportunities to attend CHHRPP-hosted seminars and presentations on topics around HIV and related issues, including social justice and health disparities.
You will also have internship and career networking options that are coordinated by the School of Public Health and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.
The certificate program in HIV Studies will enable you to work effectively in HIV/AIDS public health organizations, community-based health organizations, AIDS service organizations, preventive medicine and HIV/AIDS research.
Our unique position in the New York State capital offers employment options with many governmental and non-governmental public health organizations and organizations with specific focus on HIV and drug-user health.
Potential job titles include:
- Public Health Program Manager
- Community Health Program Manager
- Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Director
- Research Scientist
Potential employers include:
- New York State and other State Departments of Health (NYSDOH; e.g., AIDS Institute), Office of Mental Health, Office of Addiction Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- County and City Health Departments
- Healthcare Network
- Community and National Non-profit Organizations
- Colleges and Universities
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
Students who complete the graduate certificate in HIV Studies will be able to demonstrate:
- Basic knowledge of key HIV content areas, including:
- Epidemiology of and surveillance methods used for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and hepatitis C (HCV) in the United States and New York State
- Issues related to persons who use drugs
- Additional knowledge in at least one area important for work in HIV studies, such as program evaluation, data analysis, health policy, project management, and community engagement
- Increased proficiency in at least one communication-related public health competencies, applied specifically to HIV
- Recognition of the range of career opportunities, work settings, and professional roles available working on HIV and related issues, including opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration