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How long will it take?

16 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

This hybrid program comprises online and on-campus work. At least 50% of the coursework will be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: October 1

Public Health, Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a 16-credit hour program of study. The content is nearly the same as the core courses taught in the Master of Public Health degree program.

The graduate certificate program is offered in flexible formats that are convenient for busy professionals: online, in-person or a mix of both.

You’ll gain the foundational knowledge to maintain, upgrade or advance your public health knowledge and skills or further your career. The program is specifically designed for students working in public health or professionals coming from a variety of backgrounds, including physicians, nurses, health educators, clinical research professionals, policy experts and more.

Note that applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission.

Program Details

Applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission.

Required Core Classes (10 hours):

  • PHPH 7011 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I (4)
  • PHPB 7160 Introduction to the Health Care System (3)

Required Elective Courses (6 hours):

  • Select at least two electives in consultation with either the SPH Advisement Coordinator in the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services (OAA) or a faculty mentor. Electives must be approved, in writing, by OAA and should be geared toward maintaining, upgrading, or advancing public health knowledge and skills related to the student’s current or future career.
    Students considering in pursuing the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at GSU should select the following courses as their GCPH electives:
  • PHPH 7010 Foundations in Public Health (3)
  • PHPB 7140 Health Promotion Planning, Administration, and Evaluation (3)


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health offers strong foundations in public health theory, research and practice, for example:

  • Community Health Practice and Research
  • Program Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • Human Communication
  • Health Promotion and Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Health Policies



As an enhancement to your previous education and current career, completing Georgia State University’s Certificate in Public Health program will prepare you for possible careers or advancement in the public health industry, in roles such as:

  • Clinical Research Professional
  • Community Wellness Administrator
  • Environmental Scientist or Specialist
  • Government Employee
  • Health Educator or Community Health Worker
  • Health Specialist
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Physician
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Research Associate
  • Urban Planner

Occupations by names and Standard of Classification (SOC) codes that the Graduate Certificate in Public Health begins to prepare students to enter or study further:

  • 51.2201 Public Health, General
  • 11-9111.00 Medical and Health Services Managers Bright Outlook
  • 21-1091.00 Health Educators
  • 21-1094.00 Community Health Workers
  • 25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary


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