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Graduate Certificate in Public Health


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a distance-learning program at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health that offers working professionals a flexible and convenient option for advancing their public health training. The certificate is affiliated with the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and consists of the five core courses that are required of all MPH graduates.

As a fully online program, the certificate is offered as part of the UA Online Campus. It is a variable schedule program that can be completed in one to four years. Students enrolled in a UA Online Campus program are restricted to taking only those courses offered through the campus and may not register in Main Campus courses while in the program. Upon completion of the certificate, students who are admitted to the MPH program may apply all fifteen credits to their degree.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Curriculum

Required Courses (15 units)

Course Schedule Offered

Certificate Course Term Offered
EPI 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology Fall
PHPM 574 Public Health Policy & Management Spring
EHS 575 Environmental & Occupational Health Fall
BIOS 576A Biostatistics for Public Health Spring
HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health Fall

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with 3.0 GPA. (GPA is based on the last 60 undergraduate units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units.) Official transcripts are required for proof of previous degree and GPA. 
  • One course in college biology
  • One course in college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement of experiences and goals
  • International applicants may need to provide proof of English proficiency

Application Process & Deadline

Apply online through the University of Arizona Graduate College, UA Online Campus:

Applicant Deadlines

  • Spring admission: September 15 
  • Fall admission: May 15 (Extended until July 1 for Fall 2021)

Additional Information

Tuition & Fees

The cost for the certificate includes tuition and fees for a total of 15 credit units, at $1100/credit unit plus the university's flat AFAT fee assessed each semester. Students eligible for Qualified Tuition Reduction as a university employee, spouse or eligible dependent of a university employee may use this benefit to offset a majority of the cost. Certificate students are ineligible to receive most other forms of financial aid (including federal loans and graduate assistantship benefits).


Contact the Certificate Coordinator at: or 520-626-2112

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