Graduate Certificates

The Public Health program offers five graduate certificates for specialized study in public health. These certificates may be taken by either degree or non-degree seeking students interested in advanced preparation in Community Health, Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Risk Assessment. All certificates may be completed online, requiring no campus visits.

These competency-based graduate certificates are designed to provide continuing education opportunities for professionals without formal public health training, for mid-career professionals, and for those interested in life-long learning. Applicants include non-degree seeking health professionals and professionals interested in enhancing their competencies and/or skills in these areas of specialty. Students in a degree program may also apply for one or more of the graduate certificates as part of their degree. Graduate Certificate Entrance Requirements.

These two graduate certificates qualify for financial aid:

There are three valuable professional development certificates:

Entrance requirements

Individuals who have bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply to the certificate programs. Background in the natural sciences demonstrated by transcript credit is required. Full admission will be based on an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale. You must submit your transcripts to the Office of Admissions for review.

Candidates who are not currently UIS students must apply to UIS and to the MPH program as certificate program students. Students who are currently enrolled as majors at UIS must apply to the graduate certificate program of their choice through the Office of Admissions. Follow this link to the application: Graduate Certificate Application Form 

Upon admission to the graduate certificate program, each student will be assigned a faculty adviser within the appropriate area of specialty. The certificate candidates will complete and Education Plan with their advisor.
NOTE: The following courses demand prerequisite coursework:

Certificate candidates may decide to apply these courses toward a full degree. Applicants must meet all department requirements before acceptance into a degree program.

Completion of Certificate Requirements

Candidates for the graduate certificates administered by the Master of Public Health Department will be expected to complete each certificate course with a grade of B or better. Each certificate will allow for one C grade if it is balanced by an A grade in another course.

For Additional Information

Full-text course descriptions can be found online at catalog/index.html. For information about enrolling in the certificate program contact the MPH Office Manager at or consult with your advisor.  NOTE: The following courses mandate completion of a prerequisite course as noted

Course Prerequisite
MPH 508 needs MPH 506
MPH 512 needs MPH 511
MPH 514 needs MPH 511
MPH 528 needs MPH 527
MPH 529 needs MPH 528
MPH 535 needs MPH 531

Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology

Students completing this certificate will develop the analytic skills to quantitatively relate epidemiological theories necessary for specialized roles in public health practice. The certificate requires successful completion of course work in each of these areas:

MPH 503: Biostatistics for the Health Professional (4 Hrs.) Note: Prerequisite course in undergraduate statistics.

MPH 511: Foundations of Epidemiology (4 Hrs.)

MPH 512: Epidemiology of Infectious and Chronic Diseases (4 Hrs.)

MPH 575: Economics of Public Policy (4 Hrs.) OR

MPH 514: Analytical Epidemiology (4 Hrs)

ENS 404: Fundamentals of GIS (4 Hrs.)

Total 20 credit hours

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Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (20 Hrs.)

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (EPHS Certificate) is a 20 hour interdisciplinary certificate program administered by the Master of Public Health Department. Courses for the certificate are offered by all College of Public Affairs and Administration programs: Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Political Studies, Public Administration, and Public Health.

The EPHS Certificate provides interdisciplinary professional education to the administrators of governmental agencies and others who need to enhance their skills and abilities. This audience may include individuals in law enforcement and fire departments administration, public health agencies, health care providers, and people in private industry. This unique program provides post-bachelors education for administrators rather than training for first responders.

To be eligible for admission, students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, or have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better with documentation of substantial professional experience in the field of emergency preparedness or homeland security. It is also recommended that students have an undergraduate course in basic statistics.

Students take three core courses and two elective courses to extend these skills to one or two disciplinary areas. The electives have been chosen to include courses on salient issues of public policy influenced by recent challenges in emergency preparedness and homeland security.

Core Course Requirements:

MPH 526: Risk Management and Communication (4 Hrs.)

MPH 527: Environmental Risk Assessment (4 Hrs.)

PAD 533 Program Evaluation (4 Hrs.) OR

MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Health Managers

Elective Courses:

Students must take at least two four-hour electives from a list of 400 and 500-level courses from participating departments. Students may select the electives, in consultation with their advisor, from the following courses:

CRJ 416:  Law Enforcement Challenges: Terrorism (3 Hrs.)

CRJ 447: Investigative Concepts & Analysis (3 Hrs.)

LES 522: Health Care Law, Patient Privacy and HIPAA (4 Hrs.)

MPH 449: Environmental Toxicology (4 Hrs.)

MPH 450: ECCE: Chemicals and the Citizen (4 Hrs.)

MPH 471: ECCE: Emerging Diseases (3 or 4 Hrs.)

MPH 478: ECCE: Crisis in Environmental Health (4 Hrs.)

PAD 536: Intergovernmental Relations (4 Hrs.)

PSC 420: National Security Issues & the US Constitution (4 Hrs.)

PSC 470: Terrorism and Public Policy(4 Hrs)

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Graduate Certificate in Community Health Education (20 Hrs.)

Students completing this certificate shall be able to apply the theoretical foundations of health education to communicate effectively with various audiences in the community. The certificate requires successful completion of course work in each of these areas:

MPH 441: Human Well Being (4 Hrs.)

MPH 506: Community Health Research (4 Hrs.) NOTE: MPH 503 is a prereq for MPH 506 

MPH 508: Program Evaluation for Health Professionals (4 Hrs.)**

MPH 531: Public Health Policy and Administration (4 Hrs.)

MPH 561: Community Health Education (4 Hrs.)

Total 20 credit hours

*Note prerequisite: Upper Division Statistics/Biostatistics

** This course has a prerequisite of MPH 506 Community Health Research, which must be taken first.

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Environmental Health Graduate Certificate (16 hours.)

Students completing this certificate will have the basic skills necessary to understand the scope, values, goals and potential of environmental health and protection. This certificate helps prepare students who plan to sit for the Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner exam requirement. The certificate requires successful completion of course work in each of these areas:

MPH 449:Environmental Toxicology (4 Hrs.)

MPH 511:  Foundations of Epidemiology (4 Hrs.)

MPH 521: Environmental and Occupational Health (4 Hrs.)

MPH 527: Environmental Risk Assessment (4 Hrs.)

Total 16 credit hours

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*Graduate Certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment (16 Hrs.)

Risk assessment is a frequently used tool in environmental health analysis. The environmental risk assessment sequence offers a certificate for students who wish to acquire a level of competency in this science. The sequence of course work is technically oriented to provide students with the professional education necessary to perform risk assessment operations in their workplaces. Students learn to relate risk assessment methodologies, procedures, and results to environmental policies.

Courses taken for the certificate represent a statement of competency in the student’s area of academic focus within the environmental health curriculum.

To receive a certificate, students must take the following four courses for a total of 16 credit hours. They must also earn a B or better in each course. The risk assessment sequence is offered every other year, beginning in the fall term of odd years. The courses must be completed in sequence.

MPH 527: Environmental Risk Assessment (4 Hrs.)

MPH 528: Risk Assessment – Air, Land, Water (4 Hrs.)

MPH 529: Risk Assessment Practicum (4 Hrs.)

MPH 575: Economics for Public Policy (4 Hrs.)

Total 16 credit hours

*This certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

MPH 526 (Optional)
Risk Management and Communication (4 Hrs.)

Sponsored, risk-based research opportunities at state and federal facilities are available for those seeking independent research experiences. Full-text course descriptions can be found online.
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