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The University of Texas at San Antonio offers public health-related, career-oriented programming including bachelor’s and certificate programs, to support both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students of the community of Laredo. These programs are offered through the UTSA College for Health, Community & Policy and the UTSA University College, both in-person and online, at the University of Texas Education & Research Center at Laredo.

UT Education & Research Center at Laredo

The UT Education & Research Center at Laredo is a multi-institution center that supports various University of Texas System institutions, including UTSA, in the delivery of academic, research, clinical and community engagement activities in Laredo and surrounding South Texas region.

Community Health Worker Certificate

The Community Health Worker Certificate is designed to help members of the community to provide health-related information to their fellow community members. This information can be disease-specific, treatment-related, or even facilitating access to care and insurance. Students are trained to work in a variety of community settings such as health educators, coordinators, and advocates.

Students must take five courses (15 credit hours) to earn this certificate and could complete the certificate within one to two semesters. Courses that will be taught at the UT Education & Research Center at Laredo this summer and fall are:

  • Introduction to Community and Public Health (required course)
  • Special Studies in Health: Wellness and Health Promotion (required course)
  • Special Studies in Health: Health Administration (required course)
  • Health Disparities (required course)
  • Emotional Wellness (elective)

Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree

Customized bachelor’s degree program that allows students to combine three disciplines into a coherent course of study to meet career and educational goals. Disciplines include Health, Sociology, Communication, and Business.

Several courses are available online; however, the following courses will be taught at the UT Education & Research Center at Laredo starting this fall:

  • Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies (online)
  • Business and Professional Speech
  • Introduction to Health Communication

Students can use our Transfer Credit Calculator to see how your credits could transfer to this degree program. When asked to enter an “intended program”, select “BA-Multidisciplinary Studies” and follow the on-screen prompts.

How to Apply

Community Health Worker Certificate

Students interested in this certificate program:

  1. Apply to UTSA as a non-degree seeking student on ApplyTexas.
  2. Follow the steps outlined on our Non-Degree Seeking Admission page.
  3. Answer YES to the question “Will you be participating in a program that offers courses at the University of Texas Education & Research Center at Laredo?”

Multidisciplinary Studies

Students interested in this degree program:

  1. Apply as a transfer student on ApplyTexas.
  2. Follow the steps outlined on our Transfer Admission page and select “Multidisciplinary Studies” as your chosen major.
  3. Answer YES to the question “Will you be participating in a program that offers courses at the University of Texas Education & Research Center at Laredo?”

Financial Aid

If you’re eligible to receive financial aid, you can complete your FAFSA application even before you submit an admission application. If you are eligible for the TASFA, you can submit your application once you’ve applied and have your myUTSA ID and passphrase. Please note: you must be admitted to be offered financial aid.

Please note that students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking or teacher certification program to be eligible for financial aid. The Community Health Worker certificate is a non-degree seeking program so, at this time, there is no financial aid available for this program.

Cost of Attendance

Students will pay the same university tuition based on the number of credits they are enrolled in each semester. Please refer to the UTSA Tuition & Fees page for details and to use the Tuition & fees estimator tool. Currently, mandatory tuition and fees for a Texas resident taking two courses (6 credit hours) this summer would estimate to $2,413.

Please note under state law, The University of Texas Board of Regents is authorized to set tuition. The UT Board of Regents may consider proposed tuition and fee increases at an upcoming board meeting. Dollar amounts below are estimates based on the current academic year and could be adjusted later.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Community Health Worker certificate is designed for students who are interested in helping their communities learn more about health and how to live healthier lives.

Students who have an associate’s degree or a significant amount of earned college hours can transfer credits to UTSA to take advantage of our Multidisciplinary Studies degree (MDST). The MDST offers flexibility and several specializations, including Health and Sociology, for students to complete their bachelor’s degree in preparation for the workforce.

Certificate programs are narrower in scope and shorter in duration than bachelor’s degrees. Certificates can either supplement your existing degree or provide a new skill needed for your career.

This Community Health Worker Certificate is designed to provide community health worker training to community members as a stackable certificate that could be applied with the addition of one or more focus areas to qualify for a Multidisciplinary Study (MDST) bachelor’s degree.

Community health worker training is designed to develop skills in members of the community to provide health-related information to their fellow community members. This information can be disease-specific, treatment-related, or even facilitating access to care and insurance.

The Multidisciplinary Studies degree program (B.A.) combines three disciplines into a coherent course of study to meet career and educational goals. It is ideal for students whose interests lie in multiple subject areas or those pursuing a career path that does not clearly align with a traditional discipline. Disciplines include Health, Sociology, Communication, and Business.

Applicants interested in the certificate program must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have at least a C average (2.25 CGPA on a 4.0 scale) on the last 30 undergraduate hours attempted.
  • Must be eligible to return to the most recent institution.

Applicants interested in a degree program must meet UTSA’s transfer requirements. Please note there are no UTSA programs offered for first-time freshmen at the UT Education & Research center at Laredo.

Yes, you can transfer courses from other universities and colleges. Please note that a maximum of 66 hours from a community college can be applied toward a degree. Please feel free to reach out to Transfer and Transition Student Success Services at (210) 458-8777 or email TransferAdvising@utsa.edu as they are happy to answer your questions and review your coursework.

These programs are offered through the UTSA College for Health, Community & Policy and the UTSA University College, both in-person and online, at the University of Texas Education & Research Center at Laredo.

UT Education & Research Center at Laredo
1937 E. Bustamante St. Laredo, TX 78041