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Certificate in Public Health

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. Click here for more information about jobs related to this program.

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 Credit Hours
Epidemiology (PUH 5430) 3
Biostatistics (PUH 5301)  3
Environmental and Occupational Health (PUH 5220) 3
Health Policy, Planning, and Management (PUH 5512)  3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health (PUH 6001)   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

  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Completed application form
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One letter of recommendation (Academic)
  • Undergrad GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale is preferred

* Undergraduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalent. Please visit International Students and Scholars website for Credential Evaluation Services.

* Any applicant who has graduated from a college or university in another country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United states residency status, must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the written, 213 on the computerized, or 79-80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official set of scores must be sent directly from the educational testing Service to NSU's Enrollment and Processing Service.

* The Admissions Committee of the NSU-COM MPH 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
Cyril Blavo, D.O., M.S., M.P.H. & T.M., F.A.C.O.P. Chair and Director/Professor of Public Health
Nicole Cook, Ph.D., M. P. A. Associate Professor of Public Health
Jay Fleisher, Ph.D., M.S., M.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?

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate Program is $575 per semester hour. A Health Professions Division general access fee of $145 is required each year. An NSU student service fee of $1050 is also required annually. Corporate or institutional cluster students may receive a tuition discount. An NSU student services fee of $945 is required annually. All tuition and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

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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