The Graduate Certificate in Public Health provides working professionals and graduate students an opportunity to advance their career and education in public health at their own pace on either a full- or part-time basis in two areas of concentration:

Generalist Concentration

The Public Health Graduate Certificate - Generalist Concentration, allows students to take up to six core classes required of the Master's in Public Health (MPH) program. This program is ideally suited for those with public health-related experience or for students seeking to enhance a graduate degree program. For students planning to apply to the MPH degree program after completing the certificate, a simplified application is available for those who have earned a grade of "B" or better in all coursework.

Leadership and Management Concentration

The Public Health Graduate Certificate - Leadership and Management Concentration prepares students to apply the principles of public health leadership, stewardship and policy implementation to manage state and local health departments and various non-profit organizational and community health program initiatives. Students learn leadership strategies, public health regulatory requirements, public program management tools and policy development skills necessary to function in public health systems in the United States.


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). 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

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

Students must complete all requirements listed within a concentration. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all courses applied to the Certificate in Public Health.

Generalist Concentration (GLST)

Required Courses
GCH 500Foundations of Public Health3
GCH 604Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
GCH 609Community Assessment and Partnerships3
GCH 645U.S. and Global Public Health Systems3
HAP 635Role of Government in Health Care and Public Health3
Select three credits from the following:3
Risk Communication
Public Health Preparedness and Response
Global Health
Environmental Health
Health Promotion Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
Evidence-Based Public Health Practice
Health Behavior Theory
Health Program Planning and Evaluation
SAS for Health Research
Project Management in Public Health
Introduction to Epidemiology
Social Epidemiology
Applied Public Health Leadership and Management
Health Economics
Food Systems
Global Nutrition
Total Credits18

Leadership and Management Concentration (LM)

Required Courses
GCH 712Introduction to Epidemiology3
HAP 680Applied Public Health Leadership and Management3
HAP 715Health Economics3
HAP 742Health Policy Development and Analysis3
PUAD 661Public Budgeting Systems3
Select three credits from the following:3
Comparative International Health Systems
Policy Development and Analysis for Community Health Programs
Strategic Management and Marketing in Health Care
Management of Health Information Systems
Legal Issues in Health Administration
Health Policy and Government Payment Systems for Health Care Services
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Total Credits18