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Certificate in Public Health Online

General Inquiries:

For general inquiries or questions, please email PublicHealth@nova.edu

Claudia A. Serna, Ph.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., MCHES, CPH
Director, Master of Public Health Program
Email:  cserna@nova.edu
(954) 262-1652

Annette Clarke, M.B.A., CPS
Administrative Assistant II
Email:  aclarke@nova.edu
(954) 262-1613

Christy Saunders, M.B.A.
Admissions Counselor II-HPD
Email:  csaunders@nova.edu
(239) 274-6965

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is designed to provide Health Care Workers (government/private non-profit), College Graduates, Nurses, Physicians, Teachers and anyone else with an interest in studying the fundamentals principles underlying public health education and practice without pursuing an entire graduate degree program. Some professionals augment their credentials and job prospects through a certificate in public health.

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is designed to enable students to acquire the core knowledge that applies to the fundamental principles and practice of public health. This competency-based program consists of 15 credit hours of core graduate-level public health courses presented using online (Canvas) technology. Our online classes are both synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous sessions are those in which all students and the instructor are online at the same time. These usually include lectures, presentations, discussions, and sometimes group work. Students and instructors use audio during each session. There is a weekly schedule when students all meet together with the instructor. Attendance is counted just as if students were attending class on campus. Please note that for each online class you are required to participate fully in the synchronous sessions according to your class syllabus.

If after taking three courses in the certificate program, a certificate-seeking student decides to pursue the MPH program, the student must submit a new and complete application to become an MPH student and must meet all requirements for admission to the MPH program. Previous coursework taken as a certificate seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the MPH program. If accepted into the MPH program, credits with the prefix PUH taken as a certificate seeking student will be applied towards the MPH program

*Must apply to the MPH program before completing the certificate program*

Curriculum* (15 Credits)

Course Name Semester Offered Credit Hours
Epidemiology (PUH 5430) Fall/Winter 3
Biostatistics (PUH 5301) Fall/Winter 3
Environmental and Occupational Health (PUH 5220) Fall/Winter/Summer 3
Health Policy, Planning, and Management (PUH 5512) Fall/Winter 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health (PUH 6001) Fall/Winter 3

* Please note that you have a maximum of 2 years (6 semesters) from your date of matriculation to successfully complete the Certificate in Public Health. Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B to be eligible for the certificate. After 2 years you are automatically dismissed from the program.

Please visit the tuition and fees page.

Admission Requirements/Application Procedures

Applicants may apply for matriculation into any one of three semesters (fall, winter, or summer). The Committee on Admissions for the NSU-KPCOM public health program will review all applications to this program and make recommendations to the program director and, subsequently, the dean of the college.

All application materials should be sent to

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
M.P.H. Admissions
3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Transcripts can be sent electronically from the originating college/university to the following address: electronictranscript@nova.edu.

Applicants must provide the following information

  • A completed application, along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee (online application at osteopathic.nova.edu/apply-now/
  • Official transcripts of all coursework attempted by the applicant at all colleges and universities. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for all transcripts to be sent. A final transcript of all the applicant’s work up to the time of matriculation must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation.

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services, Inc.
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311 | wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963
(414) 289-3400 | ece.org

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
(305) 273-1616 | (305) 273-1338 fax
jsilny.org

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services.

  • Demonstration of English proficiency by any applicant whose native language is not English or who has graduated from a college or university where English is not the primary language, regardless of U.S. residency status. The standardized tests below currently satisfy NSU’s and this program’s English requirement for nonnative speakers.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 213 on the computer-based test or 79–80 on the Internet-based test
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.0 on the test module
    • GMAT: score of 450
    • GRE: score of 306 (new format)
    • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): score of at least 500 in the reading section
    • American College Test (ACT): score of at least 20 on the verbal section
    • Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to the center where you applied. Proof of English-language competency can also be in the form of successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education.

For general inquiries about the M.P.H. admissions process, please contact
Christy Saunders, M.B.A.
Admissions Counselor II-HPD
Email: csaunders@nova.edu
(239) 274-6965

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