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Graduate Certificate of Public Health

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

This 12-credit graduate certificate program is designed to provide those with an interest in public health with an introduction to this exciting field. The Graduate Certificate of Public Health is offered online, allowing students the flexibility to balance their education with their busy lives. The credits earned from the program can be applied to the Master of Public Health program.

Customize your certificate based on your interests

The field of public health includes a multitude of areas of study, ranging from epidemiology to social and behavioral sciences. The Graduate Certificate of Public Health program empowers students to customize their certificate based on their specific interests by allowing them the flexibility to choose courses. Students choose four of six course offerings, which cover topics critical to gaining an understanding of the public health field. Available courses cover a survey of public health, environmental health, health policy and management, social and behavioral sciences, statistics of clinical research, and health epidemiology.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale or demonstrated experience in the public health field
  • Statement of goals (500 words) that demonstrates an interest in and/or passion for public health
  • Current resume demonstrating experience and/or education in public health or related discipline

 The Certificate of Public Health is a 12-credit program. Students customize their certificate to their specific areas of interest by choosing four of the following 3 credit courses. 

PBH701 Survey of Public Health
PBH705 Intro to Environmental Health
PBH710 Health Policy & Management
PBH715 Social & Behavioral Sciences
DRA807 Statistics of Clinical Research
DRA809 Health Epidemiology

Total Required Credit Hours: 12

The MPH Program in the School of Arts and Sciences at MCPHS University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Master of Public Health Program Manual


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