Public Health - Certificate

Program Contacts

Program Director

Julie Deloia

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of the core curriculum for the MPH and is intended for those people who 1) are interested in learning more about the field of public health without committing to a full degree; 2) are currently public health professionals and want to be eligible to take the certifying examination in public health; 3) are interested in a degree in public health but are not sure what specific area of expertise they might want to pursue. The certificate program is 15 credits and can be applied to an MPH should a student want to pursue a degree program.

The certificate program can be completed through residential or online modalities to allow students maximum flexibility while maintaining personal and professional commitments. Online courses are taught in 10-week online modules across the calendar year (four modules per year); residential courses are taught in 14-week modules on campus. 


Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • International students must provide certified, translated transcripts showing the equivalency to the U.S. bachelor's degree. World Education Services (WES) is the preferred provider.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • A 250 word letter of interest, stating your reasons for wanting the certificate and your relevant work experience
  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Standardized Test Requirements

  • The Graduate Record Exam is not required to apply for the certificate program.
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 100 is required on the internet-based test. IELTS is also acceptable. An overall score of 7.0, with no individual score below a 6.0 is needed for admissions. 

Admissions requirements and application procedures for the Graduate Certificate programs are similar to those of the Master’s degree programs. Please see this website:


Transfer to a Degree Program

Students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after successfully completing at least 3 courses. Up to 12 credits of course work may be applied to an MPH program, once a student is admitted. Students interested in applying to an MPH program should meet with Departmental Advisors regarding program-specific admission requirements.


  1. Describe the major contributors to health and how they relate to important communicable and non-communicable diseases in public health. 
  2. Describe the social, legal, ethical, economic, and political context of contemporary public health problems.
  3. Describe the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary public health issues and the role that various professionals play in addressing these issues.
  4. Build effective oral and written communication skills for communicating with lay and public health audiences.
  5. Identify and apply appropriate statistical analytical tools for hypothesis testing (inferential statistics) and estimation.
  6. Understand the historical context of some milestone public health interventions through the past century.
  7. Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  8. Interpret the results of statistical analyses in public health and health services research literature.
  9. Use epidemiological data to in inform scientific, ethical, economic, and political discussions and health issues.
  10. Synthesize relevant information in order to analyze policy implications and participate in policy development.
  11. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  12. Work collaboratively with decision-makers, stakeholders, and colleagues with a variety of viewpoints to achieve policy goals.
  13. Assess key microeconomic concepts, including supply and demand, markets, taxes and subsidies, public goods and the case for government intervention.
  14. Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs and interventions.


Program Guide for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health 2016 - 2017



Milken Institute School of Public Health 

Graduate Certificate in Public Health




CORE COURSES- 15 credits


PubH 6001

Biological Concepts for Public Health


PubH 6002

Biostatistical Applications for Public Health


PubH 6003

Principles and Practice of Epidemiology


PubH 6004

Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World


PubH 6006

Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health


PubH 6007

Social and Behavioral Science Methods



Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 

Past Guides:
Guides that are not available online can be accquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.

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