Public Health Generalist


This certificate program aims at serving the following groups: 1) students who are undecided about a specific concentration area in the College of Public Health; 2) students who are only interested in completing a few courses, not an MPH; 3) physicians or nurses who want to explore public health; 4) public health professionals who want additional graduate-level credentials. This Public Health Generalist certificate is an attempt to facilitate and encourage formal training not only for our public health workforce, but also for other professionals interested in the future of our profession. This certificate consists of five core courses, representing the five essential core areas of public health as well as our five academic departments. Once obtained, this certificate allows the individual to continue in a chosen track if departmental criteria for admission are met, while receiving up to 12 hours of credit toward a graduate degree for the core courses completed and passed. This certificate program helps students gain an overview of the core disciplines and allows them to explore and discover some exciting career paths.

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered online.

Admission requirements

The applicant must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution. International students must provide certified, translated transcripts showing the equivalency to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:


Students must have consent of the instructor to take courses.
Prerequisite for PHC 6050 is College Algebra


15 semester hours. Students are required to satisfactorily complete the five core courses in order to receive their certificate. Each core course is a 3-hour course.

PHC 6000 - Epidemiology (3)
PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I (3)
PHC 6102 - Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
PHC 6410 - Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health (3)
PHC 6357 - Environmental and Occupational Health (3)



Time Limit

All courses must be completed within 3 years.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 credit hours of certificate related courses may be applied toward a master's degree, contingent upon departmental approval. However, admission requirements for the College and the Department, such as a GRE score and letters of recommendation, must first be met.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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