Undergraduate 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.


The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health requires 18 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in certificate coursework. Students cannot earn both a degree in Public Health and a Certificate in Public Health. Requirements are listed below. Please note that requirements changed starting Fall 2017. If you were admitted to the Certificate (not the University) before Fall 2017, you may follow the old requirements.

Core Courses (6 s.h.)
CPH:1400 – Fundamentals of Public Health (Must be completed before, or concurrent with, other courses. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.)
CPH:1600 – Public Health Science (Offered Spring sessions. Beginning Fall 2018, offered Fall and Spring)

Required courses (9 s.h. from the following courses)
CPH:1800 – Social and Psychological Determinants of Health (Offered Spring sessions.)
CPH:2400 – The US Health System in a Global Context (Offered Spring Sessions.)
CPH:3400 – Health , Work and the Environment (Offered Spring sessions. Starting Fall 2018, may be offered Fall and Spring.)
CPH:3500 – Global Public Health (Offered Fall sessions.)

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.

Current/planned electives:
CPH:2210 – Intro to Maternal and Infant Health Epidemiology (Offered Spring 2018.)
CPH:2220 – Building a Healthy Environment (Offered Spring 2018.)
CPH:2230 – Finding Patient Zero (Offered Fall sessions.)
CPH:3200 – Death at Work (Offered Spring 2019.)
CPH:3210 – Nutrition in Public Health (Offered Fall 2018.)
CPH:3220 – Public Health as a Public Good (Offered Fall 2018.)

Declaring the Certificate and Certificate Advising

Starting the Fall 2017 session, students may declare the certificate in MyUI. Primary/major advisors can also declare the certificate for their students.

Kim Williams is the certificate advisor. Students pursuing the Certificate in Public Health must complete a plan of study and submit it to Kim Williams. Students with a completed plan of study on file may receive priority in registering for certificate courses on their plan.


Questions or comments? Contact CPH Webmaster. This page was last reviewed on August 3, 2017.