Certificate in Public Health

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

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

How to Apply

Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate: A statement of purpose, two reference letters,  and a resume must be emailed to katie-boland@uiowa.edu.  Official transcripts* should be mailed to Katie Boland, 145 N. Riverside Drive – S255, 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.

Graduate Certificate: 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.

Course Listing

Required Courses (6 s.h.)

CPH:4101 (170:101) Introduction to Public Health 3 s.h.
This course introduces students to concepts, structures and activities in public health practice.  Formerly offered as MPH:4101. Offered on-campus fall semesters, distance-ed summer semesters.
 Or undergraduates only CPH:2099 (170:099)  Fundamentals of Public Health  3 s.h.
Introduction to public health; emphasis on issues, challenges, achievements, careers; historical events that serve as a foundation for public health practice. Formerly offered as MPH:2099. Offered on-campus fall semesters, distance-ed spring semesters.
EPID:3099 (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 (two of three, 6 s.h.)

CBH:4105 (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.
HMP:4000 (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.
OEH:4240 (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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate in Public Health


Tuition for distance education courses is $359 per s.h. (undergraduate) or $552 per s.h. (graduate) billed by The University of Iowa. For on campus courses, please see the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Questions or comments? Contact CPH Webmaster. This page was last reviewed on November 2, 2016.