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Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice offers six post-baccalaureate certificate programs providing curated content in high-demand public health fields. Advance your career, expand your knowledge in a specialized area or solidify your interest in public health. 

All of the credits you earn in a Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice certificate programs are CEPH-accredited and can count toward a future related master's degree. Students have up to two years past completion of a certificate program to enroll in the graduate degree program to use the credits. 

Plus, SLU's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) programs have electives built into their curricula. Students can use those credits to complete an additional certificate in an area of interest, graduating with experience in that specialization. Certificates can give you a significant edge in entering the job market. 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

How is a Certificate Different from a Degree? 

Associate's and bachelor's degrees typically range from two to four years. They include general education requirements along with specialized courses in your specific major. Certificates are much shorter programs specializing in a specific area with no requirements for classes outside the program. 

Why Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate?

Certificates are a great way to learn a new skill or master a subject area. You can use what you learn in a current position, become better qualified for advancement or increase your understanding of a particular topic.

Who Benefits From Completing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate?

Students taking a "gap year" before starting another program, such as medical school, are great candidates for certificate programs. Earning a certificate can offer you an edge in competitive applicant pools. Future physicians with a certificate in public health understand the environmental, social and behavioral factors surrounding community health, allowing them to treat patients from a more informed perspective. 

Or develop in-demand skills in GIS. The United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency chose St. Louis for its new national headquarters. It has partnered with Saint Louis University to develop STEM courses preparing students for geospatial intelligence jobs. Our geospatial health certificate combines public health and geographic information systems coursework to meet some of those needs.