Social Determinants of Health

Certificate in Social Determinants of Health

Healthy People 2030 defines social determinants of health as the conditions in the environment in which a person lives that affect a wide range of health outcomes. These determinants are grouped into five domains including economic stability, education access and quality, healthcare access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context (Healthy People 2030).

Coursework in this certificate will allow students to understand the many sociocultural influences that affect health behaviors, health education, access to care, and resultant health outcomes. Upon completion of this certificate students will be able to identify health inequities influenced by social determinants of health and barriers to addressing existing health disparities. Students will as well be given the opportunity to work to identify effective strategies to developing and implementing public health efforts to serve underserved populations.


The certificate program is open to current undergraduate students at Texas A&M International University in any discipline or any individual who has an interest in serving the needs of an underserved population. Current TAMIU students must have satisfactory academic and/or professional standing in their respective program. Students not currently enrolled in a TAMIU academic program may be admitted as non-degree seeking students. Certificate will be offered annually during the Summer I and Summer II semesters.

PHLT 4301Intro to Health Disparities3
PHLT 4302Sociocultural Infl on Ill Exp3
PHLT 4304Div & Inclusion in PH Practice3
PHLT 4305Fin & Cult Barriers to Qlt Car3
Total Semester Credit Hours12