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:

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.

Community Health Education

Students completing this certificate will be able to apply 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
MPH 506 Research Methods in Public Health 1 4
MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Public Health 2 4
MPH 531 Public Health Policy 4
MPH 561 Public Health Education 4
Total Hours 20

Students may also be interested in taking MPH 526.

Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (EPHS Certificate) is a 20-hour interdisciplinary certificate program. Courses for the certificate are offered by all College of Public Affairs and Administration programs: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, 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. The three required core courses for the certificate provide students with the opportunity to gain substantial graduate-level expertise in risk assessment, risk communication, and program evaluation.

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. 

Required Core Courses
MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Public Health 3-4
or PAD 533 Program Evaluation
MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication 4
MPH 527 Environmental Risk Assessment 4
Elective Courses 2
Select from the following: 8-9
Law Enforcement Challenges: Terrorism
Investigative Concepts and Analysis
Health Law
Environmental Toxicology
Chemicals and the Citizen
Emerging Diseases
ECCE: Crisis in Environmental Health
Intergovernmental Relations
National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
Terrorism and Public Policy
Total Hours 20

Environmental Health

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

MPH 449 Environmental Toxicology 4
MPH 511 Epidemiology 4
MPH 521 Introduction to Environmental Health 4
MPH 527 Environmental Risk Assessment 4
Total Hours 16

Students enrolled in the general MPH or MPH with Environmental Health concentrations may not receive the Environmental Health certificate.

Environmental Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a frequently used tool in environmental analysis. This certificate is 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 introductory-level risk assessment in their workplaces. Students learn to relate risk assessment methodologies, procedures, and results to environmental health policies.

To receive a certificate, students must take three core courses and complete the risk assessment practicum, for a total of 16 credit hours.

MPH 527 Environmental Risk Assessment 1 4
MPH 528 Risk Assessment: Air, Land, and Water 1 4
MPH 529 Risk Assessment Practicum 1 4
MPH 575 Health Economics 4
Total Hours 16


Students completing this certificate will develop analytic and computer skills to quantitatively relate epidemiologic theories necessary for specialized roles for public health practice, such as for infectious disease epidemiology. The certificate requires successful completion of course work in each of these areas:

ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4
MPH 503 Biostatistics 4
MPH 511 Epidemiology 4
MPH 512 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 4
MPH 514 Analytical Epidemiology 4
or MPH 575 Health Economics
Total Hours 20