Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Public Health is the science of disease prevention that uses proactive evidence-based approaches to address human health at the population level, rather than the individual level. Public health strengthens whole communities, empowering households, neighborhoods, cities, nations, and international regions with an approach dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all citizens.

This UGA College of Public Health graduate certificate will prepare you to join the next generation of public health leaders. You will learn how to confront a wide range of perilous health challenges, including infectious diseases, environmental hazards, socially driven health disparities, and mass casualty disasters. You will learn about the incidence and prevalence of diseases and conditions, methods of disease prevention and health promotion, analysis of health care data, public health organizations, and public health policies and health care system management.

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field. As such, public health workers examine a wide range of challenges to community wellness from multiple perspectives, including societal, social, political, and economic. Learning public health concepts can infuse with almost any other work. Public health careers include biostatistician, epidemiologist, environmental scientist and engineer, project manager, director of environmental health, health educator, water quality specialist, public health officer, community health workers, health and safety engineer, and patient advocate.

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The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The University of Georgia College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

Financial Aid

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Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health will accept applications for the Fall of 2023.

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate:  15 (credit hours)

Admission Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Public Health and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.

Current UGA graduate students must first complete the certificate program application for current students to apply to the program.  The application will be reviewed and you will be notified once your application has been processed.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus- Online
  3. Select Intended Program- CERG, Public Health (College of Public Health)[CERT_2PUB] 
  4. Statement of purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  5. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

International Applicants - must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Summer:  May 1
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring:  November 15

International Applicants

  • Summer:  February 15
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring:  October 15


The primary purpose of this certificate is to provide a basic understanding of public health to individuals not trained in public health. The required courses are foundational to our Master of Public Health degree and will provide a good basic understanding of the field and how it intersects with other health-related professions. 

The online Graduate Certificate in Public Health will require 15 credit hours. The College of Public Health’s Office of Academic Affairs will be responsible for administering the certificate. The college is committed to teaching the following courses at least once a year.


Graduate Certificate in Public Health Courses

Course Title

BIOS 7010E

Introductory Biostatistics I [3 credit hours]

EPID 7010E

Introduction to Epidemiology I [3 credit hours]

HPAM 7010E

Introduction to Health Policy and Management [3 credit hours]

HPRB 7010E

Social and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health [3 credit hours]

EHSC 7010E 

Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science [3 credit hours]

Contact Information

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