Program Description

Public health is the science and practice of disease prevention and evidence-based approaches to ensure the well-being of populations. Public health addresses health at the population level rather than the individual level. Public health is an interdisciplinary field that examines health challenges from multiple perspectives, including societal, social, political, and economic.
  1. The certificate will provide students with a core set of skills for all public health professionals.
  2. The certificate will serve as a potential pipeline for students entering an MPH program.
  3. The certificate will help address labor demand in the public health workforce.
  4. The certificate will train students to think critically about the health challenges of populations and gain deeper understanding of multiple factors that lead to these challenges.
  5. The certificate will enable students to approach public health problems using an array of evidence-based approaches, tools, and methods.

The Advanced Certificate in Public Health consists of the 5 public health core courses: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Social and Behavioral Health; Environmental Health; and Health Policy and Management. Each course is 3 credits. The certificate program is 15 credits.

Most students should be able to complete the certificate program in one year. All courses are available online in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Completion of this certificate program will prepare students for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is the only professional certification in public health. Learn more here:

The credits earned in the certificate program may be applied to the CUNY MPH program or transferred into academic programs at other institutions (subject to transfer policies). The maximum allowable transfer credits that can be transferred into the advanced certificate is 3 credits. These credits must be at the graduate level, from an accredited public health program, with a grade of B or better, and should not have been used toward another degree.

Please note that financial aid and student loans are not available for this certificate program. You may be eligible for payment plans with CUNY. For more information on payment plans, please review the SPH payment options page.


Admissions Deadlines

Spring 2017 semester – January 5, 2017
Fall 2017 Semester – April 15, 2017


Admission Requirements

  1. SOPHAS Express online application
  2. Application fee: $50
  3. Unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended (GPA of at least 3.0)
  4. Resume or CV
  5. Personal statement/statement of purpose (500 words maximum)
  6. TOEFL with a score of at least 550 for applicants whose primary language is not English



Required Coursework BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Health
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management
Elective Coursework No Electives Required
Practice Experience No Fieldwork Required
Culminating Experience No Capstone Required
Total Credits Required 15


Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Health 3
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management 3
Year 1 Spring EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3