The Graduate Certificate in Culture, Health and Human Development (CHHD) was approved by the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut in 1998 as a university-wide program to encourage interdisciplinary training for doctoral and post-doctoral students. The CHHD Graduate Certificate Program is administered through the Center for the Study of Culture, Health and Human Development, located in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and co-directed by professors Sara Harkness and Charles M. Super. The CHHD also includes affiliated faculty from several departments including Psychology, Allied Health Sciences, Pediatrics, and HDFS.
Core requirements for the CHHD graduate certificate are based on the university-wide standard of four related courses; these include two specific CHHD courses (HDFS 5020: Seminar in Culture, Health and Human Development, and HDFS 5030: Project seminar in Culture, Health, and Human Development). Two additional courses chosen to complement each student’s particular interests and background are also required; these may be courses that the student takes as part of their regular program or for other reasons. In addition to the four courses, the CHHD graduate certificate also requires that the student complete a research study of publishable quality, which generally will be carried out in the context of the CHHD project seminar listed above. CHHD projects are individually developed and supervised in consultation with the student’s own major advisor and the CHHD co-directors. If funding is available through the CHHD, students receive some support to present their project as a poster or paper at a scientific meeting.
Application to the CHHD graduate certificate program is managed by the UConn Graduate School, which also approves the student’s plan of study and, when all requirements are met, adds it to the student’s permanent academic record.