Graduate Certificates

The Public Health Department offers five graduate certificates for specialized study in public health. These certificates, all of which are available either on-campus or online, may be taken by either degree or non-degree seeking students (except as noted below) interested in advanced preparation in:


Students interested in a graduate public health degree with an environmental health emphasis must apply for the MPH with a concentration in Environmental Health (MPH-EH), and are ineligible for the graduate certificate in environmental health.

These competency-based graduate certificates are designed to provide opportunities for continuing education for health professionals without formal public health training, for those interested in life-long learning, and for mid-career professionals. Certificate course work may be taken by either a non-degree seeking student or in conjunction with other graduate work. Course work may be applied to the MPH general degree or the MPH degree with a concentration in Environmental Health. Similarly, students in the MPH degree programs may apply course work toward obtaining one or more of the certificates; however, students in the general MPH or MPH–EH degrees are ineligible for the environmental health certificate. Students currently enrolled as MPH majors must file an application with the Office of Admissions to pursue a graduate certificate. There is no additional fee for enrolled MPH majors to apply for a graduate certificate program.

Entrance Requirements

The program requires formal application for admission to the University (accompanied by official transcripts) followed by review of the application by faculty of the Department of Public Health. The department faculty will provide academic advising to certificate students.

Individuals who have bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply to the certificate programs. A background in the biological sciences demonstrated by transcript credit of at least three semester hours is required, along with a strong science background desirable. Admission will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0- point scale, or a 2.75 or better with documentation of substantial professional experience in the field of the certificate.

Individuals wanting to apply the certificate work to a graduate degree in public health must also meet all entrance requirements for degree study (refer to the Master’s in Public Health section of this catalog). In addition, they must formally apply for admission to the graduate degree.

Fees and Completion

Students completing certificate course work must submit a completed education plan for signature of the advisor and the department chair. Students must complete the certificate course work with a B (3.0) or better average. One C (2.0) grade per certificate may be applied if a student has received a final GPA of at least 3.0 for certificate course work.

In addition to tuition, there is a $25 fee at the time of certificate completion to cover administrative costs. The administrative fee will be charged at the time the student applies for graduation.