Certificate in Public Health

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 19.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-1042

About the Program

The online Certificate in Public Health provides students with a foundational knowledge of public health and with key competencies outlined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in eight domains: (1) evidence-based approaches to public health, (2) public health and health care systems, (3) planning and management to promote health, (4) policy in public health, (5) leadership, (6) communication, (7) interprofessional practice, and (8) systems thinking.

The certificate is offered entirely online to provide qualified students and working professionals with an opportunity to acquire this credential regardless of restrictions in time and physical location. Those who successfully complete the certificate program and wish to broaden their scope of public health education could pursue a MPH degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete application form
  • Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than four years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Ability to download free versions of software required for the program
  • Demonstrated interest or work experience in public health

Program Requirements

Required Courses
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Overview of Maternal and Child Health
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
LGBT Health Disparities
Intersectional Perspectives
Perinatal Epidemiology
Total Credits19.0

Sample Plan of Study

3 Months (1 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0
EPI 5703.0
PBHL 5104.0
PBHL 5114.0
HMP 5052.0
Total Credits 19

9 Months (3 Quarters) Part-Time

First Year (Part-Time)
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0HMP 5052.0
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0Elective3.0
 7 7 5
Total Credits 19

Additional Information

For more information about this certificate, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Drexel University Online website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

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