Certificate in Public Health

Degree Requirements: 16 credit hours

Admission Requirements


Students who wish to obtain the Certificate in Public Health need not be enrolled in the M.P.H. program but must still apply and be admitted to the certificate program. Admission as Non-Degree Certificate does not guarantee subsequent admission to a graduate degree program. Applying to a graduate degree program is a separate process and different criteria must be met. Applicants seeking admission to the Certificate in Public Health must have:

  • Completed an application in SOPHAS Express
  • Official transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university showing courses completed, grades earned, dates, and degree(s) awarded
  • Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or higher
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose (500 – 1000 words) that conveys the applicant’s reasons for pursuing study in public health and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations 


Students who wish to appeal an admission decision must follow the College of Graduate Studies appeal procedures.

Program of Study

The Certificate program requires a total of 16 credit hours and is offered fully online through the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program. All courses will be offered every fall and spring semester. The proposed courses are as follows:

Credit Hours
Course Requirement
PUBH   6532Environmental Health3
PUBH   6533Epidemiology3
PUBH   6534Health Policy and Management3
PUBH   6535Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health3
PUBH   6541Biostatistics4
Total Credit Hours16

To be awarded a graduate certificate, the student:

  1. Must not be on probation,
  2. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on graduate coursework and on coursework applied to the certificate,
  3. Must meet all the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and the student’s certificate program, and
  4. Must be enrolled during the semester in which the certificate requirements are completed.

After earning the Certificate, all students are welcome to apply to the M.P.H. program which is offered in a face-to-face format. Certificate earning students will not be required to submit official scores from the GRE in order to apply. Those applicants who are admitted to the M.P.H. program will receive credit for 16 credit hours toward their M.P.H. degree. The M.P.H. degree requires a total of 45 credit hours, whereby in addition to core public health courses, students pursue an area of concentration in public health.

The completion of the Certificate in Public Health program will satisfy the prerequisite requirements for those students who wish to apply for the Dr.P.H. program but have not completed at least one graduate-level course in each of the five core areas of public health.

The completion of the Certificate in Public Health program must not be confused with the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The Certificate in Public Health is not a credentialing program. However, the completion of the Certificate in Public Health program will satisfy one of the requirements to sit for the CPH Exam. Other specific requirements to sit for the CPH Exam can be found at the website for the National Board of Public Health Examiners (https://www.nbphe.org/).


Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health 
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8015
(912) 478-2674