Graduate Certificate in Population Health

Graduate Certificate in Population Health


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The Graduate Certificate in Population Health offers focused academic training for public health practitioners and other healthcare leaders who are interested in improving health outcomes in the community. The certificate can be completed in two semesters (either online or in-class). Once completed, students are eligible to take the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam. Credit earned for the courses may be applied to the MPH degree.*

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  • A Bachelors’ degree is required for admission with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Statement of Purpose (approximately 500)
  • CV/Resume
  • International students:

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Students enrolled in the certificate program must complete a total of 18 credit hours. This includes:

  • PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods I
  • PUBH 7170 Epidemiology in Public Health
  • HADM 7105 Health Policy and the Organization of Health Services
  • PUBH 7120 Environmental Health
  • PUBH 7160 Social and Behavioral Science Principles
  • PUBH 7180 Foundations of Public Health

icon for competenciesCompetencies

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional team
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

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Shirl Sharpe, MS
Academic Services Coordinator II
(901) 678-1710

Christie Rakestraw
Graduate School Admissions Counselor

Briana McNeil 
Coordinator, Recruitment and Admissions 
(901) 678-3740