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Certificate in Public Health Online

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.

Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B or better to be eligible for the certificate. If, after taking classes in the M.P.H. program, a certificate seeking student decides to pursue the M.P.H. degree, the student must submit a new and complete application to the program to become a degree-seeking student, and must meet all the requirements for admission to the M.P.H. degree program. Previous coursework taken as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.P.H. degree-seeking program, but may be transferable if performance equals or exceeds the grade of B in each course.

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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 3
Health Policy, Planning, and Management (PUH 5512) Fall/Winter 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health (PUH 6001) Fall/Winter 3

* Certificate students have up to 2 years to complete the required course of study. Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B to be eligible for the certificate.

Admission Requirements/Application Procedures

Applicants must submit

  1. A completed online application along with a nonrefundable application fee of $50. Online applications available at nova.edu/mph
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional education (the applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.) Please note that preference will be given to applicants with an undergraduate CUM GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization. Agencies that can complete this evaluation can be found at nova.edu/internationalstudents/prospective/credentialservices.html.  

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’ Processing Services. 

  1. 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 1,000 (old format) or 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.

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.

Faculty

name title
Alison C. Bested, M.D., FRCPC Associate Professor of Public Health
Melissa Boguslawski, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Public Health
Nicole Cook, Ph.D., M. P. A. Associate Professor of Public Health
Patrick Hardigan, Ph.D, M.B.A. Professor of Public Health
T. Lucas Hollar, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Health
Maria F. Montoya, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Public Health

FAQ

How much will this program cost me?

Please visit the tuition and fees page.

What are my financing options to pay for the program?

Majority of students use loans to finance their education.

How long will it take me to complete this certificate program?

Certificate students have up to 2 years to complete the certificate program.

What are the chances of getting a job when I successfully complete the graduate certificate?

Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health would have the core knowledge in, and conceptual framework of, public health that will serve to augment work or projects that apply to public health, or serve as a foundation for higher education.

A student who holds a Bachelor's degree and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health may pursue opportunities in County Health Department or health service agencies.

After I complete the certificate program, will I be eligible to enter the MPH Program?

If after taking classes in the M.P.H. Program, a certificate seeking student decides to pursue the M.P.H. degree, the student must submit a new and complete application to the program to become a degree-seeking student, and must meet all the requirements for admission to the M.P.H. degree program.

Previous coursework taken as a nondegree-seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.P.H. degree-seeking program, but may be transferable if performance equals or exceeds the grade of B in each course.

Where can I obtain more information on similar certificate programs?

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