Carolina Graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good
The Carolina Graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good (CIPG) gives masters and doctoral students an educational pathway to explore modern changemaking and practice the skills they need to help create meaningful change in the world. The certificate is sponsored by three academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the School of Education.
CIPG provides students from any department with the mindset, tools and methods they need to work effectively across disciplines to solve complex problems. By earning the certificate, students become skilled in methods that they can apply to their doctoral or thesis research. CIPG also equips them with career-ready skills that they can use when working on multi-disciplinary teams in businesses, non-profits and government agencies that increasingly demand the ability to apply cross-sector, community-engaged practices.
Interested in the certificate program?
If you’re ready to apply, please take these next steps:
1. Download and complete the application form with departmental signatures before completing the online application.
2. Prepare a one-to-two page statement of interest (500 words maximum) that answers the questions noted in the application form.
3. Complete the online application.
Applications for the Spring 2021 CIPG cohort will open in August 2021. The specific deadline will be updated on this website over the summer.
The certificate provides graduate-level training that teaches students how to:
- Focus innovation designs around the voices, experiences, wishes and aspirations of those affected by the innovation.
- Develop an understanding of their own experiences, intentions, strengths, limitations, motivations and biases as changemakers.
- Identify, define and analyze problems.
- Recognize opportunities, challenges and the assets of communities.
- Generate optimal solutions by applying social innovation in practice.
- Understand how the context of problems and imagined solutions affects the way innovations are designed and implemented.
- Recognize and assess the strengths and limitations of various social innovation approaches – and identify which are most appropriate in specific contexts.
- Engage stakeholders in the co-design, implementation, evaluation and adaptive learning associated with an innovation.
- Build and maintain collaborations and partnerships in support of shared mission over time.
Sponsoring academic units
CIPG courses emphasize evidence-based and creative problem-solving approaches, along with team-oriented, customer/community discovery methods, that students can use to develop solutions that address pressing human concerns. The learning journey is designed to help students move their ideas into action through the intentional development of mindset, knowledge and skills that transcend any single discipline.