Overview

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.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

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.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629  per credit hour  15 credit hours $9,435 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester   3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total Program Cost     $11,226 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Additional costs may include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

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). 

Admissions

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

Curriculum

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

Email us using the request for information form or call 706-408-9679