Washington, DC 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 Graduate Certificate Programs in Public Health 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!
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-...
Nova Southeastern UniversityUpcoming Start Date: March 11, 2019
The demand for public health professionals is increasing due to emerging and re-emerging disease, environmental health concerns, health care reform, prolireration of agents and weapons of mass destruction, sociopolital factors affecting the nation's hea...
University of New England
The University of New England's (UNE) Public Health programs are 100% online and accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Working adults and post-baccalaureate students can earn a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) or a Certif...
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...
Medical College of Wisconsin
The MCW Center for the Study of Bioethics has been a pioneer in bioethics and research ethics education and remains a leader in these fields with a pr...
Loma Linda University
Online Program Information This is a 100% online MPH program. The online MPH does not include residential sessions. Students are accepted four times each a year (every quarter): Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. MPH Health Education In the He...
Institute for Indigenous People's Rights
This program is offered by distance learning, and provides an overview of bioethical issues arising in the developing world.
Johns Hopkins UniversityUpcoming Start Date: May 06, 2019
The 18-credit Post-Master’s Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions, with its emphasis on preparing health professionals to teach effectively, can be taken as a stand-alone program or as the first component of the Master of Edu..
University of Central Florida
Increasing costs due to injuries, on-the-job accidents, & rehabilitation, interest in injury/accident prevention has increased.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
This program is an opportunity for practitioners in various disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, physician assistants, and clinical laboratory sciences to advance their knowledge and skills in collaborative interprofess...
University of Washington
This partial distance learning MPH program helps professionals expand their knowledge base in public health and health services, and develop the skills necessary to effectively manage current and future health care in public health agencies and programs...
Indiana State University
The Driver Education Instructor License Program is a 9-hour graduate program that prepares individuals to teach driver education to all age groups.
Loyola University Chicago
The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is a pluralistic bioethics institute that draws upon the commitment to social justice of the Jesuit and Roman Catholic heritage of the Strit...
East Tennessee State University
This program will prepare bilingual individuals who are fluent in both of their languages for a career in health care translation and interpreting. The program will be offered in the languages currently offered by the ETSU Department of Foreign Language...
University of Saint Joseph
This online graduate program builds on the skills of psychologists, nurses, dietitians/nutritionists and exercise physiologists.
Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)
The online Social Work in Health Care advanced certificate program is a five-course sequence that prepares social workers for opportunities across the continuum of settings in the United States health care system.
University of Edinburgh
• Enhance your career in eHealth with flexible online study eHealth is a rapidly-growing exciting and innovative interdisciplinary field concerned with the use of digital information and communications technologies (ICT) in the contexts of health servi...
University of California - Davis
Due to increasing requests from our online MPH students, the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences has developed the fully online Graduate Certificate in Global Health.