Public Health, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 15
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Public Health Professional Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of those currently working in public health and those who wish to embark on a career in the field. Coursework emphasizes learning the core competency areas of public health. 

This program is designed to:

  • Develop a new generation of public health-educated professionals
  • Meet the development needs of personnel in local health departments
  • Educate health professionals seeking knowledge in public health

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. Students who have successfully completed the professional certificate in Public Health may be able to apply their coursework to a Master of Public Health degree.

The 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.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 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:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3
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 504Epidemiology in Public Health3
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 514Programming and Evaluation3
Description to come.
CPH 539Public Health Leadership and Advocacy3
This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices, which are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Politics of communities and organizations is also included. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy makers will adopt, implement, and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs. Prerequisite: 15 graduate credits or instructor permission.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$71.25
Total
$668.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$213.75
Total
$2004.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$71.25
Total
$668.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$213.75
Total
$2004.75

Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $200 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 02