Advance Your Career Through Public Health Knowledge

University of Maryland School of Public Health
Department of Health Services Administration
College Park, MD 20742

Program Overview

The University of Maryland School of Public Health offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Principles of Public Health administered by the Department of Health Services Administration. This online 14 credit, six course program is designed to provide working professionals with a foundation in the core principles of public health including

  1. SPHL601 Foundations of Public Health (4 credits)
  2. SPHL602 Applied Data: Epidemiology & Biostatistics (1 credit)
  3. SPHL603 Applied Data Laboratory (1 credit)
  4. SPHL 610 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation (5 credits)
  5. SPHL611 Public Health Ethics (1 credit)
  6. SPHL620 Leadership and Policy Analysis (2 credits)

The exceptional foundation in the Principles of Public Health will raise your career trajectory, increasing your

  • Marketable expertise
  • Professional flexibility and mobility
  • Core public health competencies
  • Career advancement readiness

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.

Instruction is delivered by University of Maryland School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations. The University of Maryland School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


The Certificate provides you with a rigorous, multi-disciplinary foundation in the six core areas of public health.  The curriculum has the same content, quality and high standards as the traditional on-site curriculum.  These core courses enable you to advance your understanding of the science of public health.  This curriculum reflects the broad range of knowledge and skill-based competencies germane to public health practice in the 21st century.

Applying to the Certificate in Principles of Public Health

All applicants must apply through SOPHAS (, the Schools of Public Health Application Service. Applicants must submit the completed SOPHAS application and the University of Maryland, College Park supplemental application in order to be considered for admission.  GREs or similar tests are NOT required.  Applications must include:

  1. The SOPHAS application form
  2. Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credits
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  5. CV/Resume
    Note: International applicants requiring an I-20 are not eligible to apply as this mostly online program has a mandatory face-to-face element. The University cannot issue an I-20 for this program. Otherwise, international applicants already in the U.S. who are permitted to enroll in such studies must follow The Graduate School International Admissions.

For More Information

For more specific program information, please visit The Office of Extended Studies.

For a personal consultation about your career plans and how the Certificate in Principles of Public Health can empower you to meet your goals, please contact:

Negin Fouladi, PhD, MPH, MS
Director, MPH-PHPP and GC-PPH
Health Services Administration
University of Maryland School of Public Health
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6122