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Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is designed for both working professionals who would like to expand their knowledge of public health, and graduate students currently enrolled in other academic programs. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health curriculum includes courses that address the public health core knowledge areas. The 18-credit certificate can be completed in one academic year. Online and in-person class options are available.

Admission Requirements

For Admission into the Public Health (PH) Certificate Program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria: 

  1. The student must apply to and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School.
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point of at least 3.0 in upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses. All applicants must submit official college transcripts to the ISU Graduate School.
  3. Completion of college algebra, statistics, or an upper-division math course is highly recommended.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation from a non-relative individual familiar with applicant's academic or professional abilities (no personal references).
  5. Submit a typed essay (one to two pages, single-spaced) describing applicant's interest in pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health and vision of how it will facilitate the applicant's career goals.
  6. International students who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States, and whose native language is not English, must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for classified admission are described in the Idaho State University Graduate Catalog under "Admission of International Students." In addition, international student applicants who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States must take the GRE and are required to score in the 40th percentile on at least one area of the GRE, but no lower than the 20th percentile on the other sections.

General Requirements

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health must complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Students who complete and are awarded the Graduate Certificate in Public Health may transfer up to 12 credits from the certificate program into the MPH program. Admission and completion of the certificate do not guarantee admission into the MPH program. Courses completed in the certificate program must have a grade of B or above to transfer into the MPH program.

Course List
MPH 6601 Applications in Epidemiology 3
MPH 6602 Biostatistics 3
MPH 6605 Leadership Policy and Administration 3
MPH 6606 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
MPH 6620 Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
MPH 6660 Behavior Change Theory and Applications 3


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