Graduate Certificate in Public Health Concepts

The Urban Public Health Program offers a “Graduate Certificate in Public Health Concepts” to health professionals and individuals with a Bachelor degree (BA/BS) who wish to increase their expertise and competency in core public health concepts, and/or wish to move into career positions in public health.

Target Audience:

  • Those who work in public health that would like additional formal training
  • Those delivering health care who need knowledge and skills in the core public health disciplines, but may not want to pursue the full MPH degree
  • Future students who intend to apply these courses toward their MPH degree at CDU

Curriculum:  Five courses (three units each) in two semesters. The courses are offered in the evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., to accommodate working adults.

  • MPH 511 Principles of Epidemiology
  • MPH 512 Principles of Biostatistics
  • MPH 521 Environmental Determinants of Health
  • MPH 522 Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health
  • MPH 523 Health Policy and Management

Learning Objectives :   

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Concepts, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply basic concepts of epidemiology to the study of the patterns of disease and injury applied to public health
  • Describe appropriate statistical methods for critical reading of reports of statistical analysis of public health problems
  • Identify the role of social, behavioral, and cultural factors associated with population health
  • Determine the role of environmental factors affecting the health of a population
  • Identify the managerial and policy issues associated with the delivery, quality and costs of health care

Admission Criteria:

Applicants must submit the following admissions materials:

  • Online application Apply Now   
  • $35 application fee non-refundable
  • An earned baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary institutions attended (or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation). See the University approved foreign credential evaluation agencies here.
  • Personal goal statement (two to three pages), which should address the following:
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
    • Career objectives
    • Self-assessment of interpersonal, communication skills, and computer skills
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at CDU Disclosures Graduate certificate in Graduate Certificate in Public Health Concepts Program Length: 9 months