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Graduate Certificate in Public Health


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health provides students with foundational graduate-level coursework in public health.  Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge in the five core areas of public health, which include: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences.
  2. Apply their knowledge and skills to solving public health problems.



The certificate is made up of five core public health courses, for a total of 15 credits. Students must complete each course with a grade of B or better in order to receive the certificate. The curriculum is listed below:

Certificate coursework may be transferable to the Penn State Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate degree program. Certificate program students who wish to have their certificate courses transferred towards the Penn State MPH degree must formally apply and be admitted to the Penn State MPH degree program. Admissions as a certificate student neither guarantees nor implies subsequent admission to a degree program.


Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript from all colleges/universities attended.


Admissions Process

  1. Go to the Graduate School application (If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please see the Requirements for Graduate Admission).
  2. Select “Create a New Account” if you do not have a Penn State user ID, or “Login with an Existing Account” if you have a Penn State user ID.
  3. Log into the application with your user ID.
  4. Complete the online application, and upload to the application the following items:
    1. Statement of purpose
    2. One letter of recommendation
    3. One official transcript from all colleges/universities who granted a degree




See our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us today! For Frequently Asked Questions regarding applying to graduate certificate programs at Penn State, please visit the Penn State Graduate School Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.





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