Certificate of Public Health

A Graduate Professional Certificate in Public Health is targeted toward those individuals who can benefit from formal public health instruction, but for whom the MPH degree is not necessary for their career trajectory. Those students successfully completing the certificate program will be eligible for consideration by the individual college departments for enrollment in the MPH degree program.

The curriculum for the Certificate in Public Health will consist of the five (5) core courses required for all Master of Public Health degrees. The courses are:

  • BSE 5163 Biostatistics Methods I
  • BSE 5113 Principles of Epidemiology
  • HPS 5213 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • OEH 5013 Environmental Health
  • HAP 5453 US Health Care System


The required number of credit hours equals 15. All coursework completed with a grade of A, B, or C while enrolled in the certificate program may be applied to a College of Public Health degree program if the student is admitted to the degree program within three years of completing the certificate requirements and the degree program evaluates the coursework as appropriate for the program of study. Credit may apply to a degree for those students admitted more than three years after completing the certificate requirements based on the individual’s professional work experience. In no instance will credit be given for any coursework completed in excess of six years prior to admission into a degree program.

The admission standards for the certificate program will be the same standards in place for the MPH degree program. Full admission requirements are available here.