Program Overview

Our Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with a basis for understanding the breadth and scope of the public health field. Students gain competency in all of the core disciplines through taking these core courses; biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, social and behavior sciences, and environmental health sciences.

Current public health professionals benefit from our certificate by enhancing their existing skills and gaining an official credential. Current medical students find this certificate enhances their education by learning the population-based side of medicine in addition to their traditional patient-centric training. Other professionals participate in the certificate program to broaden their clinical perspectives, gain a greater understanding of the health care industry, and learn more about public health and health policy.

Is it a step to earning a masters?
A person interested in a master in public health does not have to pursue the core course certificate to apply for the MPH program. Our core course certificate program targets professionals who are interested in the field of public health but may not want to fully commit to completing a master's degree in public health.

Program Outcomes


Current public health professionals benefit by enhancing their existing skills and gaining an official credential. Medical students find this certificate enhances their education by learning the population-based side of medicine in addition to their traditional patient-centric training. Other professionals who also benefit from this certificate include, as examples, nurses who want to broaden their clinical perspectives, accountants who work in health and want to gain a greater understanding of the health care industry, or an attorney who wants to utilize this certificate to help specialize in public health and health policy. Since public health affects every aspect of modern society, the applications of this knowledge are far-reaching into many other professional disciplines.

Courses

Core
  • HM 802 Biostatistics for Public Health 3 Credits
  • HM 804 Public Health Administration 3 Credits
  • HM 805 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3 Credits
  • HM 801 Introduction to Public Health3 Credits
  • HM 803Epidemiology for Public Health3 Credits
  • HM 806Environmental Factors of Health3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.
  2. Previous work experience

    Résumé or CV

  3. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    The personal statement should be a concise, well-written document discussing the applicant's interest in public health; how their experiences (personal and professional) have influenced that interest; and how their career goals align with public health and their pursuit of a graduate certificate in public health. It is recommended that applicants also discuss why they have chosen to apply to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate at MSU and how their skills and experience contribute to their candidacy. The Admissions Committee highly recommends the personal statement be a minimum of four to five paragraphs. They expect personal statements to be of sufficient length to fully understand the applicant's interest and goals in public health.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must be written within one year of the date of application. The Admissions Committee looks for letters of recommendation that address the following topics: The applicant’s academic or professional capabilities The applicant’s leadership skills The applicant’s work ethic The applicant’s ability to successfully complete graduate level work The applicant’s personal qualities consistent with professionalism and teamwork Any significant actions or accomplishments

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 2844)
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Key Dates

Fall 2020

Application Deadline

May 31, 2020

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

September 30, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

February 28, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $11,800
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $11,800
  • Total

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