Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health

The Certificate in Public Health is intended for non-public health majors and anyone interested in obtaining knowledge about public health concepts to enhance their ability to succeed in their chosen field. Students completing the Certificate in Public Health will have an understanding of emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concepts, and the changing health care system in the U.S.


The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health requires 18 s.h. of courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in certificate coursework. Course work in the certificate may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students must begin the certificate with CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health, which provides and introduction to the field of public health. Students cannot earn both a degree in Public Health and a Certificate in Public Health. Requirements are listed below.

Core Courses (6 s.h.)
CPH:1400 – Fundamentals of Public Health (Must be completed before, or concurrent with, other courses. Offered Fall and Spring sessions. Registration for the online section is restricted for all students.)
CPH:1600 – Public Health Science (Offered Fall and Spring sessions.)

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

Electives (3 s.h.)
May include any of the courses listed under “required” or any College of Public Health course (prefix CPH) numbered 2200-2399 or 3100-3900 or 4200-4399.

CPH:2200 – Climageddon: A Crisis for Public Health (spring sessions)
CPH:2220 – Building a Healthier Tomorrow: Public Health Methods to Minimize Disease and Pollutant Exposures (spring sessions)
CPH:2230 – Finding Patient Zero: The Exploration of Infectious Disease Transmission and Pandemic Threats (fall sessions)
CPH:3100 – Health Economics (fall sessions)
CPH:3200 – Death at Work: Case Studies of Workplace Safety and Health (spring sessions, odd years)
CPH:3210 – Nutrition in Public Health (fall sessions, even years)
CPH:3220 – Public Health as a Public Good: Economics and Decision Making in Public Health Systems (fall sessions)
CPH:3800 – Why We Eat What We Eat: Public Health Theories and Society (spring sessions)
CPH:3900 – Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (spring sessions)
CPH:4200 – Agriculture, Food Systems & Sustain (fall sessions, odd years)
CPH:4210 – Making a Difference: Public Health Policy and Advocacy (spring sessions)
CPH:4220 – Global Road Safety (spring sessions , odd years)
CPH:4230 – Injury and Violence Prevention (fall sessions)
CPH:4250 – Field Experiences in Public Health (spring sessions)

Declaring the Certificate and Certificate Advising

Students may declare the certificate in MyUI. Primary/major advisors can also declare the certificate for their students.

Kim Klinedinst is the certificate advisor. Students pursuing the Certificate in Public Health must complete a Plan of Study and submit it to Kim Klinedinst.