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Prospective Students

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a 15-credit-hour program of study. The certificate program is designed to meet the needs of public health professionals who are seeking the opportunity to continue their education while working. This program is available to US citizens and permanent residents.

In order to receive the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, students must complete 15 credit hours of the approved public health course work, earn a grade of “B” or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The five core courses comprise the Graduate Certificate curriculum requirements. Transfer credit or course waivers are not allowed as substitution for any courses in the certificate program.

Students who have been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Public Health have two years to apply their credits toward the MPH degree. Graduates of the certificate program who do not apply to the MPH Program within two years after completion of the certificate program are not eligible to apply their 15 credits from the certificate program toward the MPH Program on the IUPUI campus.  Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to the MPH Program.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Competencies

  • Use biostatistical methods to analyze and report public health data.
  • Specify approaches to assess, prevent and control environmental and occupational hazards to human health and safety.
  • Use epidemiologic methods to collect, study, analyze and report the patterns of disease in human populations for diverse audiences.
  • Apply policy process, development and analysis methods to address current national, state and local public health issues.
  • Identify social and behavioral science factors, theories and models and develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to positively affect health behaviors in populations.
  • Exhibit high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people.
  • Identify the impact of diversity and culture on public health across discipline areas.
  • Identify the basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of public health data.

The 15 credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of coursework in the five core areas of public health.

E517: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3cr)
A519: Environmental Science in Public Health (3cr)
S500: Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health (3cr)
H501: U.S. Health Care Systems and Health Policy (3cr)
B551: Biostatistics for Public Health I (3cr)

All public health courses require authorization before registering. Please call 317-278-0337 to obtain authorization.

Graduate Certificate Application Process

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations of educational programs offered by the Fairbanks School of Public Health are applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Students can apply to be admitted to the MPH Program in the Fall or Spring.


U.S. Applicants

International   Applicants

Application Deadlines for Fall

July 1

April 1

Application Deadlines for Spring

November 1

September 15

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Financial Aid

Applicants are referred to the  Office of Financial Aid to explore opportunities for support of graduate  education.  For more information, click here.


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