Certificate, Principles of Public Health
Students gain a foundation in the core principles of public health, including epidemiology, health systems, biostatistics, environmental health, and health behavior, in this online 15-credit program designed for working professionals.
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The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Principles of Public Health is a 15 credit, five-course online program that provides a foundation in the core principles of public health. You do not have to take leave time from work and can complete the certificate program in as little as eight months. You will benefit from the flexibility and accessibility of on-line courses that fit in with your personal and professional responsibilities. Easy to use web-based technology enables you to learn in an engaging, interactive environment. Intensive advising/mentoring enhances your learning experience and attainment of your career objectives. The Department of Health Policy and Management administers this program.
1. Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
HLTH 665 Health Behavior I
6. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
EPIB 650 Biostatistics I
11. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political discussion of health issues.
|EPIB 610 Foundations of Epidemiology|
|20. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health system in the U.S.||HLSA 601 Introduction to Health Systems|
21. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
|MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health|
The Certificate in Principles of Public Health is a 15 credit, five-course program.
- Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)
- Biostatistics (3 credits)
- Health Behavior (3 credits)
- Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)
- Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)
Credits for these courses can be transferred to the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice and Policy program at the University of Maryland if you should decide to apply and are accepted.
Certificate students are eligible to take the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) after completing all the core principles of public health courses.
Negin Fouladi, PhD, MPH, MS
Director, MPH-PHPP and GC-PPH
Department of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742