The Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) is a 16-credit hour program of study. The content is nearly the same as the core courses taught in the Master of Public Health degree program. All courses have been specially designed and developed for students currently working in public health or related field who seek to maintain, upgrade, or advance their public health knowledge and skills. Please note that applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission.
[tabs][item title=”General Admissions Information”]Deadlines
|Graduate Certificate in Public Health||March 15 * The Fall 2016 GCPH deadline has been extended to April 8, 2016.||October 1|
Occupations by names and Standard of Classification (SOC) codes that the Graduate Certificate in Public Health begins to prepare students to enter:
- 51.2201 Public Health, General
- 11-9111.00 Medical and Health Services Managers Bright Outlook
- 21-1091.00 Health Educators
- 21-1094.00 Community Health Workers
- 25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health will offer strong foundations in public health theory, research, and practice, for example:
- Community Health Practice and Research
- Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
- Health Communication
- Health Promotion and Education
- Environmental Health
- Health and Human Rights
- Health Policies
NOTE: The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is not a credentialing or licensure program. If you are seeking information related to the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), please visit http://www.nchec.org/.[/item]
[item title=”Curriculum”]In order to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, admitted students must complete five courses. A 3.0 grade point average in those courses is required to receive the Certificate. The records of students who fall below the 3.00 GPA requirement will be reviewed for continuation in the program.
Required GCPH Core Classes (10 hours):
- PH 7011 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
- PH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I (4)
- PH 7160 Introduction to the Health Care System (3)
Required GCPH Elective Courses (6 hours):
- Select at least two electives in consultation with either the SPH Graduate Advisor in the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services (OAA) or a faculty mentor. Electives must be approved, in writing, by OAA.
[item title=”Apply”]Graduate Certificate Applicants use Apply Yourself to submit an application.
Please see below for a list of requirements for a complete application. Do not submit an incomplete packet. Incomplete packets will not be considered for admission.
|Resume or Curriculum Vitae
|Statement of Interest and Professional Intent|
|GRE or GMAT scores|
|Certificate of Immunization|
[item title=”Transferring from GCPH to MPH”]Applying GCPH credit hours to Public Health Graduate degree programs
Students who wish to change from GCPH enrollment to graduate degree seeking status must file an application for the graduate program desired and all supporting documents by the appropriate deadline for the semester for which admission is sought.
GCPH credit hours may apply to School of Public Health graduate degree programs. However, all credits, including GCPH-earned credits, presented for the Master’s degree must have been earned within six calendar years of the date of Master’s degree conferral, and all credits presented for the Ph.D. degree must have been earned within nine calendar years of the date of Ph.D. degree conferral. Grades from all attempts at all GSU courses that are taken at the graduate level will become part of the student’s GPA.[/item]