Public Health Graduate Certificates
Graduate Certificate in Public Health Programs offer current professionals, joint degree and post-baccalaureate students the opportunity to refine top skills and supplement their education in public health. Program curriculum aims to expand a student's knowledge of health policies, community education, and best practices public health issues, including infectious diseases, occupational hazards, and access to quality healthcare.
Graduate Certificate in Public Health: Program Basics
Prospective applicants to Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs may need a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree depending on the program, as well as have some type of related work experience, letters of recommendation and internship under their belt. In some cases, the credits earned in a graduate certificate in public health program may be transferred to a master’s degree such as the Master of Public Health; this may depend on whether your grad degree and grad certificate are taken in the same university or college. Public Health Certificate Programs may require a total of 15 credits (units); the time it takes to complete a certificate is shorter than a master’s degree but differs between public health graduate schools and whether you attend full or part-time.
Who Might Benefit from a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Program?
Public health graduate certificate programs are often designed for those already working in the healthcare profession, such as nurses, physicians, and veterinarians. However, they also offer students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to take a short-term, targeted course load in either a general public health certificate program or a more specific topic within the field.
General Public Health Graduate Certificate Programs
A Graduate Certificate in Public Health that is affiliated with a Master of Public Health Program may offer courses in the 5 core discipline areas of public health:[ii]
- Environmental Health
- Health Policy and Health Administration
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Public Health Graduate Certificate Programs
A Graduate Certificate in Public Health that offers in-depth knowledge in a particular area may be one way to refine one’s competencies without committing to the same length of study as a graduate degree. Search GradSchools.com for graduate certificates in:
- Health Education & Communication
- International Health
- Occupational Health & Safety
Online or On-Campus?
Online and partially online graduate certificate programs in Public Health may appeal to working professionals as they may offer a flexible and convenient learning option. Campus programs, however, offer the social learning environment and face-to-face interactions that distance-learning may exclude, unless there are in-person requirements. Once you have identified ‘what’ you want to study, search for sponsored ‘online’ or ‘campus’ listings. If you find a program such as Graduate Certificate in School Health Education or Graduate Program in Bioethics interesting, follow the green tabs to request info from the graduate school directly and start to refine your selection process based on the details you glean.
In the United States, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as the agency which accredits schools of public health and programs of public health.[iii]
“Certified” in Public Health (CPH) Exam
Distinguish in your search ‘certificate’ as opposed to ‘certification’. In terms of certification, CPH is the only public health board certification available for public health professionals.[iv] After passing this examination, a candidate must maintain the certification with 50 CPH recertification credits approved by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).
Take the Next Step
Public Health is a field that encompasses many different areas; whether you are interested in teaching local or international children about the importance of washing their hands, or are drawn to environmental health or public policy. For students who want to add onto their education, Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs are short, focused programs designed to provide students with advanced skills in a particular subject or area of specialization. Take your next step to find one that aligns with your personal ambitions!
- Boston, MABoston, MA
Meet the Needs of Those Suffering from Pain Tufts’ Pain Research, Education, and Policy (PREP) program trains students to become expert pain leaders. Pain leaders are those who are prepared to meet the many diverse needs of people suffering from pain.
- Boston, MA
Albany Medical College
The Alden March Bioethics Institute’s Online Graduate Programs provide mid-career professionals, joint degree students, and highly motivated post-baccalaureate students with an opportunity to supplement current education or career training with cutting-...
- Syracuse, NYSyracuse, NY
The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health is a 19-credit hour graduate program.
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Care Ethics is offered via the internet and consists of three courses that link clinical and organizational issues with both theory and practice. The first course, Introduction to Health Care Ethics, focuse...
- Chapel Hill, NCChapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication provides specialized training in health communication that is designed to build skills usefu...
- Chapel Hill, NC
Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University, through an innovative collaboration of its schools of Business, Education, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, is offering a world class degree – the Master of Education in the Health Professions (MHEP) – that will prepar...
- Dekalb, ILDekalb, IL
Northern Illinois University
- Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn, NY
Brooklyn College Of The City University Of New York
- Lund, SwedenLund, Sweden
- Macon, GAMacon, GA
The overall goal of the MPH program is to educate students to become community-responsive health professionals, who are trained to meet growing health care industry needs and to focus on population-based preventive measures to improve the overall health...
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
St. Louis University
This 48 credit hour Master in Public Health program is a hybrid program, with classes provided both on campus and through distance technology. The program trains students to develop preparedness programs to address the consequences of bioterrorism and e...
- Saint Louis, MO
- Kristianstad, SwedenKristianstad, Sweden
University of Kristianstad
- Musselburgh, United KingdomMusselburgh, United Kingdom
Queen Margaret University
Description This course is designed for middle to senior-level health professionals working, or planning to work, in developing and transitional countries. Participants are typically drawn from health ministries and the NGO sector Structure The pro...
- Glendale, AZGlendale, AZ
Midwestern offers a 30 quarter-hour Certificate and a 42 quarter-hour MA degree. Students in the MA program opt for either a research or a didactic track. The program is structured to accommodate the working professional or other-degree seeking student,...
- Indiana, PAIndiana, PA
Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
The Safety Sciences Department prepares individuals for careers in occupational safety, occupational health, environmental safety, fire protection, ergonomics, systems safety, emergency planning and response, and safety management. We hope you enjoy...
Loma Linda University
Our Online Executive MPH Degree program is a 3-year hybrid online program as it requires a 2-week session on campus in the first 2 summers while taking online courses throughout the rest of the time. The Tobacco Control Methods Certficate can be complet...
- Aurora, COAurora, CO
Colorado School of Public Health
The Colorado School of Public Health is built on the collective expertise and vision of faculty at three leading educational and research institutions: the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado.
- Fort Collins, CO
- Greeley, CO
- Rochester, MIRochester, MI
It is designed to offer advanced graduate courses to prepare practitioners for the demands of careers in wellness.
- Linkoping, SwedenLinkoping, Sweden
- Decatur, GADecatur, GA
Agnes Scott College
The Agnes Scott College Evaluation and Assessment Methods graduate certificate program prepares students to be leaders in professional and public fields that require advanced evaluation skills.
- Newtownabbey, United KingdomNewtownabbey, United Kingdom