Certificate in Public Health

Description of the Program

The Certificate in Public Health is a program designed to strengthen knowledge and skills in basic public health competencies. All of the courses needed for completing the Certificate in Public Health are taught via the internet and most are also offered on-campus.  Students have up to five years to successfully complete the certificate program.

Qualifications for Admission

60 semester hours of undergraduate education.
Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

How to Apply

Official transcript(s), a statement of purpose, two reference letters,  a resume, and application form (pdf) must be furnished to be considered for admission to the Certificate Program.  At this time, we are unable to admit international students who reside outside of the U.S.

Application deadlines are as follow:

March 15 - Summer Session

June 15 - Fall Session

December 1 - Spring Session

Certificate Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the Certificate program requires that the overall GPA for the Certificate courses be 2.75 or above and that the course work is less than 5 years old upon successful completion.

Course Listing

Required Courses (6 s.h.)

170:101 or

Intro to Public Health Practice or
Fundamentals of Public Health (only an option for the Undergraduate Certificate)

3 s.h.
These courses introduce students to concepts, structures and activities in public health practice.  Offered on-campus fall semesters (both), distance-ed spring semesters (170:099), and distance-ed summer semesters (170:101).
173:099 Evidence-Based Public Health Methods 3 s.h.
Provides instruction on choosing, conducting, and evaluating evidence-based programs and policies in public health. Contents focused on finding and using scientific evidence, implementing and evaluating interventions that produce new evidence.  Offered distance-ed summer semesters.

Additional Courses (6 s.h. required from the following)

172:101 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
This course introduces basic concepts, strategies and methods of health promotion and disease prevention. It places health promotion within the context of public health, and provides a broad overview of policy formation planning, implementation and evaluation.  Offered on-campus spring semesters, distance-ed fall semesters.
174:102 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
The course covers socioeconomic, political and environmental forces influencing the organization, financing and delivery of personal and public health services. Health services and policy concepts and terminology including health determinants, access to care, system integration, policy development and federalism are emphasized.  Offered distance-ed summer semesters, on campus spring semesters.
175:197 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.
Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health that are determined by interactions with physical, chemical, biological and social factors in the global environment. This course surveys all aspects, focusing on issues most relevant today.  Offered on-campus fall semesters, distance-ed spring semesters.



Tuition for distance education couses is $359 per s.h. (undergraduate) or $533 per s.h. (graduate) billed by The University of Iowa. For on campus courses, different tuition rates apply.

Contact Information

For additional information or answers to any question you may have, contact:

Katie Boland
Certificate Program Coordinator
College of Public Health
The University of Iowa
105 River St., S255 CPHB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Tel: (319) 384-1528

Fax: (319) 384-4074