Graduate Certificate in Public Health

13-0491 rcb honors studentsThe Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) is a 15-credit hour program of study. The content is the same as the core courses taught in the Master of Public Health degree program. All courses have been specially designed and developed for students currently working in public health or in a related field. The following information is provided in compliance with U.S. Department of Education Regulations.

 Graduation Rates

Students can generally complete the GCPH in one academic year (three semesters) if pursuing the program part-time. Close to 70% of School of Public Health certificate students complete the program in one academic year.

 Career Opportunities

Occupations by names and Standard of Classification (SOC) codes that the Graduate Certificate in Public Health begins to prepare students to enter:

  • 51.2201 Public Health, General
  • 11-9111.00 Medical and Health Services Managers Bright Outlook
  • 21-1091.00 Health Educators
  • 21-1094.00 Community Health Workers
  • 25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health will offer strong foundations in public health theory, research, and practice, for example:

  • Community Health Practice and Research
  • Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
  • Health Communication
  • Health Promotion and Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Health Policies

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is not a credentialing or licensure program. If you are seeking information related to the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), please visit

Application/Credential Deadlines

Fall March 15
Spring October 1

GCPH Requirements

In order to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, admitted students must complete five 3-semester hour courses. A 3.0 grade point average in those courses is required to receive the certificate. The records of students who fall below the 3.00 GPA requirement will be reviewed for continuation in the program.


Introduction (3-credit hours)
PH 7160:  Introduction to the Healthcare System

Biostatistics (3-credit hours)
PH 7017: Biostatistics for Public Health

Epidemiology (3-credit hours)
PH 7011:  Epidemiology for Public Health

Electives (6-credit hours)
Students are also required to take a minimum of two (2) elective courses. These should be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

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