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The School of Medicine offers graduate certificate programs to its students who wish to gain focused expertise in a specific area. Each program has its own admission and completion requirements. Students must submit an “Intent to Enroll” form to document their intention to pursue a certificate, as well as other documentation as needed. Permission of the degree program director and the certificate program director
are required to pursue a certificate.

Biomedical Ethics

This certificate is designed to enable students to graduate with a high level of competence in analyzing and resolving ethical issues that they will face in practice and equip them to provide leadership to their colleagues, to the profession, and to the public in biomedical ethics.

Global Health

The certificate promotes training opportunities in global health. Students in any Vanderbilt graduate or professional degree program who fulfill all requirements are granted a Graduate Certificate in Global Health upon receipt of their degrees.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Health

LGBTQ patients experience disparities in access to and quality of care, leading to preventable, adverse health outcomes including elevated risk for specific chronic diseases and increased rates of suicide and depression. The Certificate in LGBTQ Health is designed to teach students how to address these disparities, improve the health of LGBTQ patients, support education around LGBTQ health, and foster research on the optimal ways to care for LGBTQ patients and families.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD)

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) certificate program provides an opportunity for Vanderbilt medical students to receive substantial education and training in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities. As participants in the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND program (VCL), medical students will work with graduate students, residents, and fellows from up to fourteen other professions as they receive training to provide culturally sensitive, patient- and family-centered, interprofessional care to children and youth with special health care needs, including autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, behavior problems, and genetic syndromes that are associated with NDD.