Urban Public Health Program

Urban Public Health Program

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:  5 courses (3 units each) in 2 semesters. The courses are offered in the evening, from 6:00- 9:00 pm, 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; and
  • 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 (2-3 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) Recommendations Letters.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae