Graduate Certificate in Public Health Admission Requirements
The required courses for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health are based on the five areas defined by the Council on Education for Public Health to be the basic areas of public health knowledge
(health care policy and administration, social and behavioral aspects of public health, epidemiology, environmental health, and biostatistics). Students can complete the coursework (15 credit
hours) in 24 months.
Admission to this graduate certificate program in public health requires that the applicant meets the following criteria:
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or a foreign university with substantially equivalent requirements for the bachelor’s degree, and have a
minimum GPA of 2.750 in the last 60 hours of coursework.
- Demonstrate evidence of training and/or experience indicative of adequate preparation for the curriculum. This could include a degree in a recognized health profession, one or more years of
responsible work experience in the health field, or other relevant evidence. Assessment of work experience will be conducted on the basis of written job description(s) or other description(s) of
the scope of duties obtained from prior or current employer(s).
- Applicants must submit an official report of completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a composite score of 570 paper-based or 230 computer-based, if the native
language is not English OR a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS examination. This score report must be no older than two years old at the time it is reviewed by
the certificate admissions committee.
The total number of credit hours required for the certificate in public health is 15, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above and no grades below C. Students must complete the
- PHS 804 Principles of Statistics in Health Sciences (3)
- PHS 808 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
- PHS 812, Health Care Policy and Administration (3)
- PHS 814 Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
- PHS 816 Environmental Health (3)
The deadline for application to the public health certificate program is June 1 for the fall semester, and November
1 for the spring semester.
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