Frequently Asked Questions: Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Program Questions


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What is psychiatric epidemiology?

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of mental health-related states or events (including mental illness), and the application of this study to the control of mental health problems.

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Whom is this program geared toward?

While anyone may enroll in the CPE, the program is ideal for professionals and academics who cannot interrupt their position to gain additional expertise and skills. The CPE prepares professionals to address the critical mental health challenges of our time from an epidemiological perspective.

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What is included in the CPE program curriculum?

View the full CPE program curriculum here.

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How many credits are required for the CPE program?

The CPE program requires 15 credits, broken down into the following categories:

Required Core Courses 12 credits
Elective Courses 3 credits

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What is unique about the Department of Epidemiology?

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology is to improve health globally through education, training, research, and service. We were established in 2011, and we are thus a young and rapidly growing department. Faculty in epidemiology are committed to multi-disciplinary research, are leaders in their respective fields, and are committed to teaching and advising. Each has a strong research portfolio with access to diverse populations and data sets. Our faculty publish prolifically and have numerous grants and contracts from local, state, and national agencies.

The Department of Epidemiology is jointly housed in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, two of the six colleges of the university’s Health Science Center. The Department of Epidemiology thus benefits from rich collaboration across the Health Science Center, which also encompasses the Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine; seven major research institutes, including the Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Child Health Policy, the McKnight Brain Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the UF Genetics Institute, and the UF Health Cancer Center; and more than 100 specialized centers, including the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Center for Translational HIV Research, which is housed in the Department of Epidemiology.

The department is committed to reducing health disparities through HealthStreet, a community engagement program at the University of Florida that aims to improve the health of the Gainesville community by bridging gaps in healthcare and health research. HealthStreet’s Community Health Workers assess health concerns, conditions and research perceptions of community members. They also provide referrals to community members for medical and social services, as well as opportunities to participate in health research, relevant to their health concerns and health conditions. Research and volunteer opportunities abound at HealthStreet.

Faculty in epidemiology have spearheaded a number of landmark studies, including the Haiti Health Study, the Florida component of the national NIH- and CDC-funded Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, and the Medication Use, Safety, and Evidence (MUSE) Study.

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How does the University of Florida compare to other universities?

The University of Florida is a major public, comprehensive, land-, sea-, and space-grant university. It is Florida’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning. With an enrollment of over 52,000 students, the University of Florida is one of the five largest universities in the United States. More than 7,000 international students from over 120 countries attend the University of Florida.

The University of Florida ranks 9th among the top U.S. public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The University ranks among the nation’s 51 leading research universities as categorized by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, and it holds membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, thus being ranked among the top 60 US research institutions.

Three institutions — the University of Minnesota, the Ohio State University, and the University of Florida — offer more academic programs on a single campus than any of the other approximately 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. The University of Florida has 19 colleges and schools and over 60 interdisciplinary research and education centers, bureaus, and institutes. The Graduate School coordinates programs in approximately 90 academic departments leading to over 100 master’s degrees and 60 doctoral degrees.

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What will the CPE cost me?

The cost of the CPE program is based on a per credit hour tuition rate. In-state and out-of-state tuition is at the same rate. Each semester’s tuition payment is based on the number of courses taken in each semester times the cost per credit. Tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year. The tuition rate for the most recent academic year was $930.00 per credit hour. Therefore, the estimated cost of the full 15-credit program was $13,950.00.

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What financial assistance is available for CPE students?

The Department of Epidemiology does not have any scholarships or fellowships available to certificate students. We encourage all applicants to apply for external sources of funding. The UF Office for Student Financial Affairs website and the UF Scholarship Search Engine may be helpful resources to start.

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What are the criteria for admission into the CPE program?

The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the CPE program:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
  • Satisfactory conduct record

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What are the application procedures?

Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the UF Office of Admissions and the Department of Epidemiology. View a detailed breakdown of our CPE application procedures here, and read about the Office of Admissions’ certificate application procedures here.

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Where should I send my application materials to the department?

Email your materials to abihummel@ufl.edu, or mail to:

For courier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL) delivery:

Abigail Hummel
Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida
2004 Mowry Road
Room 4236
Gainesville, FL
32610-3010

For US Postal Service delivery:

Abigail Hummel
Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida
2004 Mowry Road
PO Box 100231
Gainesville, FL
32610-3010

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Can I send my application materials in separate mails?

Whether you are mailing or emailing your documents, please be sure to submit them all at once and do not send items in one at a time if at all possible.

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Where should I send my official transcripts?

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

For courier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL) delivery:

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL
32611-4000

For US Postal Service delivery:

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL
32611-4000

Transcripts can also be sent electronically to te@admissions.ufl.edu. The University of Florida accepts electronic transcripts from Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and eScrip.

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Do I need to submit GRE scores?

The GRE is not a requirement for admission into the CPE program.

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Do I need to submit TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB scores?

An English proficiency exam is not a requirement for admission into the CPE program. Please keep in mind that all courses are conducted in English.

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What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted before the drop/add deadline of the semester to which you are applying. The relevant deadlines are below:

Summer A/C 2018 May 15, 2018
Summer B 2018 July 3, 2018
Fall 2018 August 28, 2018
Spring 2019 January 11, 2019
Summer A/C 2019 May 14, 2019
Summer B 2019 July 2, 2019
Fall 2019 August 26, 2019
Spring 2020 January 10, 2020
Summer A/C 2020 May 12, 2020
Summer B 2020 June 30, 2020

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How can I be sure that my application is complete?

You will be notified by the Academic Program Assistant when you begin submitting your application materials. You will be sent a confirmation email indicating receipt of the application and indicating any missing documents. You will also receive a confirmation email when your package is completed.

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How long does it take to process my application?

It takes some time to process your application and to make sure that all required documents have been submitted to the appropriate places. It is recommended that you start your application as early as possible, and make sure that you leave enough time to have all paperwork submitted from your institutions. The Office of Admissions cannot forward an application to a certificate program to the department until all materials and transcripts have been received.

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What is the review process for PhD applications?

In the certificate application process, the Office of Admissions must complete the following review before your application is referred to the department:

  • Determination of satisfactory conduct record
  • Application fee payment of $30 plus a $7 processing fee
  • Validation of transcripts and degrees
  • Verification of residency classification

If you are currently enrolled as a student at the University of Florida, the application must be approved by your primary department or college.

The application is then forwarded to the Department of Epidemiology, where application review is carried out by the Director of the CPE Program.

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What are the criteria being used to evaluate my application?

The Department of Epidemiology looks at all submitted application documents when making an admissions decision. You will be evaluated on the basis of recommendations, relevance to our mission, and credentials.

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When should I expect to hear about my admissions decision?

Please allow two weeks after receipt of all application materials, including official transcripts, for an admissions notification.

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If my application is rejected, can I apply for the program next year?

If admission is formally denied to you, then you may wait and re-apply for the next admissions cycle. Please be advised that you will have to re-apply to the Office of Admissions as well, and pay another application fee.

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