This graduate certificate focuses on populations whose members are not easily visually
identified, do not generally have a formal voice in the system and who may be motivated
to remain anonymous. Members of hidden populations often have experiences with socially
stigmatizing trauma. Hidden populations may include those who have foster care or
justice-involved experiences, who are survivors of sex violence, who are recovering
drug or alcohol addicts, who face basic needs insecurity or who are considered Third
This certificate is framed by the last decade of emerging research, which aims to
better understand shared topics across hidden populations, including specific needs,
challenges and opportunities for support.
Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses)
of graduate-level coursework, including two required courses and two committee-guided
electives that encourage students to further focus on their individual interests.
Required courses are offered 100 percent online. The delivery format of electives
is dependent upon the respective academic department and may be online, hybrid or
in-person delivery. Online courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU's online learning platform. This graduate certificate requires the successful
completion of a series of reflections and activities, in an associated online community,
that synthesize learning across coursework.
Credit hours are transferable to other graduate degree programs.