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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Health–Related Programs

Numerous health-related programs at Florida State University address issues of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, health sciences, and policy formulation. As part of an effort to develop and promote a coordinated plan for these programs, the following section lists and describes, by program/department, areas of study, services, and (in some instances) certification opportunities for graduate students. For more detailed information and requirements, see individual program listings in this Graduate Bulletin.

College of Communication and Information

The School of Communication Science and Disorders has majors in speech-language pathology and offers the graduate degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The scope of the School includes the whole of human communication, both normal and disordered, both face-to-face and mediated. Students learn the total processes of communication, develop analytical and communication skills, and obtain experience in evaluation, treatment, and research. For additional information, please refer to the “School of Communication Science and Disorders” chapter in this Graduate Bulletin, e-mail, call (850) 644-2253, or visit

The School of Communication Science and Disorders also administers two certificate programs: the Interdepartmental Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities and the Graduate Prerequisites (Bridge) Program. The purpose of the Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities is to provide upper-division undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines with knowledge regarding etiology, assessment, treatment, and policy issues related to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Students seeking certification must complete nine semester hours of coursework and three semester hours of practicum from an approved list of courses and practica. Courses are available in the following disciplines: art education; communication science and disorders; family and child sciences; middle and secondary education; music education/therapy; nursing; nutrition, food, and exercise sciences; physical education; psychology; and social work. An additional certificate program, the Communication Science and Disorders Graduate Prerequisite Program was established to increase access to graduate training programs in Speech Language Pathology. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields must complete coursework represented by this prerequisite program before beginning graduate study in speech-language pathology at Florida State University or many other programs throughout the nation. This program includes the prerequisite content in a series of six courses offered fully online; two courses each semester. Enrollment may occur at the start of any semester. For additional information, please refer to the “School of Communication Science and Disorders” chapter in this Graduate Bulletin or visit

The School of Information administers graduate and undergraduate certificates in Health Information Technology. The twelve hours of coursework required for these certificates prepare students to be leaders in the Health IT field by strengthening skills in information management, technology integration and implementation, information organization, and information leadership. Students gain a detailed overview of health informatics, providing them with an entry point into the industry and with knowledge and skills that will help them integrate emerging technologies into practice. The courses provide a broad understanding of the industry, current issues and events, such as the “meaningful use” of electronic medical records systems, and eHealth approaches for health promotion and patient self-management. For more information, visit

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. MPH degree graduates will be trained principally as health policy analysts. They will have a rich background in epidemiology, environmental health, health economics, health behavior, health administration, health policy and policy analysis, and statistical and qualitative analytic skills. Careers are likely to include government agency or legislative staff positions, policy and consulting firms, healthcare organizations, advocacy organizations and lobbying firms, international organizations focused on health and population issues, academic or media positions. For additional information, please refer to the “Public Health” chapter in this Graduate Bulletin, e-mail, call (850) 644-4418, or visit

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Graduates are educated for a variety of advanced practice nursing roles, with an emphasis on nursing education, and nurse practitioner. Students interact closely with faculty in one-on-one mentoring, seminars, and online classes. Clinical opportunities are designed to develop each student’s ability to make decisions, to practice creatively and imaginatively, and to cope with change in a climate of scholarship, discovery, and professional example. For additional information, please refer to the “Nursing” chapter in this Graduate Bulletin, e-mail, call (850) 644-3296, or visit

College of Human Sciences

The Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences’ mission is to contribute to the prevention and/or treatment of chronic diseases through the conduction of basic and applied research and strong teaching programs that prepare the next generation of scholars and practitioners.

The Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences trains graduate students to become well-grounded in science; to be able to rely on health and information technologies; to be equipped with critical thinking skills; to possess cross-functional knowledge and skills; and to be able to work in interdisciplinary environments. Programs are dedicated to training researchers and practitioners in techniques necessary for effective intervention for the prevention and/or treatment of chronic diseases. Florida State University was the first university to develop majors in nutrition and exercise physiology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students are provided with in-depth study of nutrient metabolism, nutrition support in health and disease, health behavior, food science and technology, exercise physiology, and sports sciences. Students may pursue degrees at the master’s and doctoral level with options in nutrition and food science and exercise physiology. Master’s students are trained as clinical exercise physiologists, as well as in: dietetics, sports nutrition, sports sciences, fitness, nutrition education and health promotion, and as food scientists or technologists. Doctoral graduates are prepared for academic and nonacademic positions. For information, please refer to the “Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences” chapter in this Graduate Bulletin, call (850) 644-4800 or (850) 644-1828, or visit

College of Social Work

Based on values of service, social and economic justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and integrity and competence in practice, the purposes of social work are to: 1) enhance human well-being and alleviate poverty, oppression, and other forms of social injustice; 2) enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by involving them in accomplishing goals, developing resources, and preventing and alleviating distress; 3) formulate and implement social policies, services, and programs that meet basic human needs and support the development of human capacities; 4) pursue policies, services and resources through advocacy and social or political actions that promote social and economic justice; 5) develop and use evidence-based research, knowledge, and skills that advance social work practices; and 6) develop and apply practice in the context of diverse cultures.

The purpose of social work education is to prepare competent and effective social work professionals, to develop social work knowledge, and to provide leadership in the development of service delivery systems. Social work education is grounded in the profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy and is based on a body of knowledge, values, and skills. Social work education enables students to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession for competent, evidence-based practice.

The College of Social Work offers curricula leading to a Master in Social Work (MSW), with concentrations in clinical practice, social work leadership, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), along with several certification and joint degree programs. For information, please refer to the “Social Work” chapter in this Graduate Bulletin, e-mail, call (800) 378-9550 or (850) 644-4751, or visit