Graduate Academic Programs

Graduate Certificates

Public Health Certificate

Description of Program

The online Graduate Certificate in Public Health will provide graduate students and working professionals a solid foundation in the core disciplines of public health, and is accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). Students are trained in 22 core competencies through coursework in epidemiology, population health determinants, assessment, and health policy. All courses count toward an M.P.H. for students who choose to continue their graduate studies. Certificate students work closely with faculty to jumpstart their public health career through community-based practicum experiences. Graduates are qualified for leadership positions in clinics, local and state public health departments, nonprofit organizations, and laboratories.  

 For answers to questions about our degree and certificate programs, our Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, or to complete a SOPHAS Express application, email Students will be notified of the admission decision by the SPH-B Office of Graduate Admissions. For more information about this certificate program, visit

You may also contact:
Amaury de Siqueira
Director, Office of Online Education
School of Public Health
1025 E. Seventh Street, SPH 111
Phone: 812-855-6812

Certificate Requirements (15 cr.)

Students in the Certificate program must be admitted to or currently enrolled at Indiana University. The certificate requires 15 credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum cumulative GPA in certificate courses of 3.0.

Complete the following courses (15 cr.):

  • SPH-X 650 Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health (3cr.)
  • SPH-X 660 Population Health Determinants (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 685 Public Health Policy & Politics (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 601 Assessment & Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 675 Practicum (3 cr.)
Special Opportunities

The certificate is 15 credit hours; 12 credits of course work and a 3-credit practicum. All courses count toward an M.P.H. for students who choose to continue their graduate study. Certificate students work closely with faculty to jumpstart their public health careers through community-based practicum experiences. Students do not need to be in residence in Bloomington to complete any part of the certificate. All coursework is available online.


The COVID-19 pandemic created a global awareness of the importance of public health. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14% increase in public health-related jobs from 2018–2028. Careers in public health can be found in local, state, and federal government; nonprofit organizations; businesses and corporations; hospitals; county health departments; universities; and health foundations and health-based grant projects. A Graduate Certificate in Public Health can lead to or enhance careers in positions including:

  • Community Health Educator
  • Disease Prevention Manager
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Intervention Designer
  • Maternal and Child Health Specialist
  • Obesity Prevention Coordinator
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Sexual Health Educator
  • Technical Advisor for HIV/AIDS Programs
  • Vaccine Advisor and Program Manager
  • Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator


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