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This graduate certificate program will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills central to each of the traditional five core areas of public health:

  • social and behavioral health
  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • environmental health
  • health systems

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a full or part-time basis.

Completing the Public Health Graduate Certificate with a "B" or better in each course will satisfy the GRE requirement for students interested in applying to the MPH program.


Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions and must apply using the online Schools of Public Health Application System (SOPHAS). To be eligible for admission to this certificate program, applicants must have two years of full-time work experience and currently be working in a health-related field. Applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For more information about the application requirements and deadlines, visit the CHHS Admissions website.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: HH-CERG-PUBH

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all courses applied to the certificate in Public Health.

Required Courses

GCH 560Environmental Health3
GCH 600Health Promotion Methods3
GCH 601Introduction to Biostatistics3
GCH 645U.S. and Global Public Health Systems3
GCH 712Introduction to Epidemiology3
Total Credits15


Select three credits from the following:3
Health Communication
Evidence-Based Public Health Practice
Health Behavior Theory
Global Infectious Diseases
Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis for Health Care Research I
Policy Development and Analysis for Community Health Programs
Total Credits3