Drexel University Online and the School of Public Health Launch New Certificate Program in LGBT Health

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Drexel University Online, a premiere provider of Internet-based higher education, and the Drexel University School of Public Health are pleased to announce the creation of the Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health.

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“Our new certificate is one of the many ways we are contributing to the critically important field of public health," said Dr. Marla J. Gold, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health.

Drexel University Online, a premiere provider of Internet-based higher education, and the Drexel University School of Public Health are pleased to announce the creation of the Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health.

“Drexel University’s LGBT Health certificate program has a strong emphasis placed on understanding the complex ethical considerations involved in the study of LGBT populations,” said Dr. Marla J. Gold, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health. “Our new certificate is one of the many ways we are contributing to the critically important field of public health.”

The LGBT Health certificate is intended for graduate students and practicing healthcare professionals who wish to better understand and address health issues specific to various and diverse LGBT populations. Through this series of three online graduate-level courses, participants will review the health concerns faced by LGBT people and examine how their identities interact with others to impact health. Participants will also critique the research, sampling and measurement methodologies used to investigate LGBT health and health disparities.

“Public health experts are just starting to uncover the diverse set of issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and they are developing the tools necessary to study these populations effectively,” said Dr. Randall Sell, ScD, associate professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

The methods and concepts used in the practice of public health research, including programming and program evaluations, must often be modified in order to apply to rare, stigmatized and/or hidden groups.

“The certificate will enhance students' knowledge of these concepts and explore how such methods can be adapted most effectively in practice with LGBT people and others,” said Sell.

The online LGBT certificate program is led by Sell, whose most recent work has focused on critically examining demographic variables. This work originated in Sell's research on defining and measuring sexual orientations and sampling sexual minorities for public health research.

The certificate is available starting this fall and is taught by nationally-recognized faculty from the School of Public Health. For more information on this program or to enroll, please visit http://www.drexel.com.

About Drexel University Online:
Drexel University Online, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Drexel University, specializes in innovative, Internet-based education programs for working professionals, organizations, and corporations in the United States and abroad. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Online Graduate Programs” in the fields of Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing, and Library Science, Drexel’s online programs are among the elite in the nation. Drexel University has been an innovator in the e-Learning industry, offering degrees online since 1996, and enjoys regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools. For more information on Drexel University Online, please visit http://www.drexel.com.

About the Drexel University School of Public Health:
Renowned for its distinctive community-collaborative style of learning, the Drexel University School of Public Health (DUSPH) trains new leaders to tackle today’s major health challenges. The School takes an interdisciplinary approach to public health that blends rigorous science and meaningful practice. DUSPH is one of the fastest growing schools of public health in the country. The School is the only fully-accredited School of Public Health in Philadelphia and a full member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

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