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Certificate in Public Health

The Certificate in Public Health is designed for working professionals and graduate students looking to advance their careers. The flexible curriculum offers classes online or on-campus for a total of 15 credit hours.

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Working professionals seeking public health competencies for the changing landscape of health care; andRapid changes in how health care is organized and financed will incentivize hospitals and health systems, health departments and clinicians to place much greater emphasis on population health.  SLU’s Certificate in Public Health is designed for, but not limited to, two distinct audiences:

  1. Graduate students from a variety of health and social science disciplines who want to develop public health skills for use in their future careers as physicians, nurses, health administrators, program directors and more, including students taking “gap” years before starting their clinical programs.

The 15-credit hour certificate uses courses from Saint Louis University’s globally recognized Master of Public Health (MPH) program, ranked among the top 25% in the nation by US News & World Report. Students who complete the certificate program will have the option to apply all five courses toward the MPH program later, which is now available on a part-time basis for working professionals.   It is also aligned with industry standards and is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Flexible Curriculum (15 credit hours)

The certificate can be completed in one or two years.  The one-year plan includes two courses in the Fall semester, two in the Spring, and one in the Summer.   The two year-plan includes one course each Fall and Spring semester plus one during the summer in-between.  Required courses include:

  •  Mission & Practice of Global Public Health (3 credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to understanding Public health (3 credits)
  • Health Care Across the Life Course - From Policy to Practice (3 credits)
  • Translating Evidence & Theory for Community Practice (3 credits)
  • Generating Evidence from Public Health Data (3 credits)

Whether you study online or in-person, your classes will provide a highly collaborative, practice-oriented experience where your new public health competencies can be used right away in your current position or in your future role as a health professional.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degrees from all backgrounds are welcome.  No GRE is required.

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Contact Information

Bernie Backer, Director of Admissions