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Certificate in Sleep Health (CSH)

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An elective course that was developed and offered in the Fall, 2017.

This 3-credit course provides an overview of sleep and sleep parameters across the life span from childhood to older adulthood. Components of sleep mechanism, chronobiology, gender differences, and metabolism related to sleep will be addressed, as will the effect of stimulants, medication, and naps on sleep. Near the end of the course, we look at sleep measure and sleep-related outcomes.

➢ features online assignments, projects, and video lectures
➢ lectures, assignments, and exams are flexibly timed to fit your schedule
➢ 100% online; no trips to campus
➢ 3 credit hours
➢ fully transferable to other colleges and universities

To register, contact Dr. Balserak ( to request permission to take the course.
Note: Please provide your name and UIN when registering.
Non-UIC individuals interested in taking this course must be admitted to UIC as a non-degree seeking graduate student prior to being able to register (

This certificate program was approved by UIC in 2018.

The objectives of the CSH are to broaden, refine, and strengthen the nurses and other primary healthcare providers' knowledge and ability to implement the sleep health interventions in response to the diverse needs of patients with sleep problems.

The CSH will be open to baccalaureate prepared nurses, physicians, psychologists or other health professionals, as well as individuals who are interested in sleep health.

The certificate will be offered completely online. The curriculum of the CSH program will consist of three 3-credit hour courses for a total of 9 credit hours.

The 1st course (NUEL 586) - "Nature and Functions of Sleep"
This course considers normal versus abnormal sleep patterns, the impact of sleep on functioning, changes in sleep across the life span, how to develop healthy sleep habits, and to evaluate sleep, sleepiness and sleep disorders.

The 2nd course (NUEL 587) - "Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Disorders"
This is the second in the series of three courses. This course considers assessment and management of sleep disorders in adults and children. Disorders include sleep apnea, insomnia and hypersomnia.

The 3rd course (NUEL 588) - "Sleep Disorders and Co-morbid Conditions in Adults"
This is the final course of this program. This course considers assessment and management of co-morbid sleep disorders in adults.

After completing the Certificate in Sleep Health program, our students will be able to do the following:

1.) Describe normal developmental sleep changes across the life span.
2.) Explain normal sleep patterns, common sleep disorders and co-morbid sleep disorders.
3.) Discuss potentially adverse health outcomes associated with sleep disturbances.
4.) Apply knowledge of sleep into a health assessment, patient's health care plan, and patient education.
5.) Examine risk factors of sleep disorders and describe interventions to promote sufficient sleep
6.) Evaluate and explain sleep problems associated with co-morbid and chronic conditions and appropriate interventions to promote sleep.
7.) They will analyze evidence-based methods to evaluate sleep-related data and findings of sleep research articles.