Certificate in Public Health

The College of Public Health offers the Certificate in Public Health for undergraduates and for graduate students. The certificate program is designed to improve public health practice and public health workforce capacity in Iowa and the upper Midwest. It is intended primarily for individuals in public health practice, those in the workforce, and those interested in strengthening their knowledge and skills in basic public health competencies.

Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health

The curriculum, admissions process, and admissions requirements are changing beginning Fall 2017.  Please direct all questions to the Certificate Program Coordinator, Katie Boland at katie-boland@uiowa.edu. 

Beginning Fall 2017: The new Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health requires 18 s.h. of credit. Students must have a 2.0 GPA to declare the certificate, and must maintain a 2.0 GPA in certificate coursework. To declare the certificate, contact Katie Boland. Advisors and other MAUI administrators should not add the Certificate in Public Health to a student’s record.

The new certificate curriculum is as follows:

Core Courses (6 s.h.) Must be completed first.
CPH:1400 – Fundamentals of Public Health
CPH:1600 – Public Health Science

Required courses (9 s.h. from the following courses)
CPH:1800 – Social and Psychological Determinants of Health
CPH:2400 – The US Health System in a Global Context
CPH:3400 – Health , Work and the Environment
CPH:3500 – Global Public Health

Electives (3 s.h.)
May include any of the courses listed under “required” or in the following range: CPH:2200-2399 or CPH:3200-3399.

Students admitted Summer 2017 and prior: Students admitted to the Certificate for Summer 2017 and prior may complete the old certificate curriculum, or the new curriculum. The old curriculum can be found in the 2016/2017 General Catalog. Students who want to apply for Summer 2017 should contact Katie Boland.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Applicants to the graduate certificate program must hold a bachelor’s degree and must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75.

How to Apply

A statement of purpose, two reference letters, and a resume must be emailed to Katie Boland.  Official transcripts* should be mailed to: UI Graduate Admissions, 108 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242.  *University of Iowa transcripts and other transcripts already on file with the Office of Admissions do not need to be submitted.

If you are not a current University of Iowa student, you will need to apply as a Non-Degree Graduate Student with the University of Iowa Graduate College. This step must be completed before we consider your application. Please go here for the application.

At this time, we are unable to admit international students who reside outside of the United States.

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.

Students admitted to the Certificate Program Fall 2017 or later must complete the new requirements as listed below. Students admitted Summer 2017 or prior can complete the new requirements or the old requirements, found in the 2016/2017 General Catalog.

Required Courses (18 s.h.)

CPH:4101 Introduction to Public Health 3
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3

Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate in Public Health


Questions or comments? Contact CPH Webmaster. This page was last reviewed on March 9, 2017.