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Public Health

Professional Certificate

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online public health professional certificate program provides coursework at the graduate level. The program is designed to serve students seeking to fill the demand in the public health field and advance their careers. 

The format of the online public health program allows flexibility for students who are practicing professionals and wish to attain a professional credential, students who aren't sure whether or not to pursue a master's degree, and non-traditional students who have other academic credentials but need formal education in public health. 

The curriculum gives students the skills and knowledge needed for careers in public health. This professional certificate is designed to meet the needs of those who currently work in public health as well as those who wish to embark on a career in public health. Students who have successfully completed the professional certificate in Public Health program may be able to apply their coursework to a Master of Public Health degree.

Emphasis in the program is placed on learning in the areas of:

  • Health behavior
  • Environmental health
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Administration
  • Global health
This program includes the core courses needed for students to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Health (CPH) exam. 

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    You must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. 2 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete an online application for admission. Select "Certificate in Public Health" as your program on the application
  • Submit your $75.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Complete the UNMC College of Public Health Application Packet
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
November 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.

CPH 501Health Behavior3

Course Number: CPH 501

The purpose of this course is to study the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the determinants of health behavior, the models and theories that provide a framework for predicting health behavior, and the strategies employed to bring about behavioral changes for health and disease prevention in individuals and groups.

CPH 502Health Services Administration3

Course Number: CPH 502

This is a survey course designed to be an introduction to the management of health services organizations and systems in the United States. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the types of health services organizations and health systems in the United States, the context surrounding the administration of these organizations and delivery of health care services, and the skills needed to manage a health services organization within this setting.

CPH 503Public Health Environment and Society3

Course Number: CPH 503

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to environmental factors, including biological, physical, and chemical factors, which affect the health of a community. The main focus of the course will be the effects of exposures that have been associated with human health and environmental problems in the Midwest, specifically water and air pollutants related to animal feeding operations, arsenic in ground water, pesticides, herbicides, lead, and radiation. The effects of global warming, ergonomic problems in the meat packing industry, and occupational and environmental problems in health care will also be discussed.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.

CPH 506Biostatistics I3

Course Number: CPH 506

Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor. This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 507Global Applications in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 507

Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required. The course provides a survey of the field of global health, including health conditions, resources, and programs. The course deals with the application of the principles of public health to health problems of countries around the world, and global forces that affect health. Topics covered include global health policy, including tobacco control policies, comparative health systems, climate change, and environmental health; the global impact of infectious and chronic diseases; infant mortality; women’s health; cultural issues in global health; global occupational health issues; and human rights and ethics in global health. The course is intended for graduate students in public health, health professionals and health professions students who seek an understanding of global public health issues.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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