Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a 15-credit hour program of study designed to meet the needs of working public health professionals who wish to advance their careers by continuing their education. Completing the Certificate will provide you with a strong foundation in public health theory and concepts. Graduates who are later accepted into the Fairbanks School of Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH) degree may be able to apply credits earned in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health toward the MPH degree, if they do so within 24 months of completing the Graduate Certificate, making this a great choice for those considering pursuing a graduate degree in the future.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Deadlines

US Applicants: July 1
International Applicants: April 1

Please note that all applications must be verified by SOPHAS prior to the July 1 deadline to be guaranteed review by the MPH Admissions Committee. Applications that are not verified by by July 1 are not guaranteed review. Applications take 4 to 5 weeks to be verified by SOPHAS. We recommend submitting your application to SOPHAS no later than June 1.

Spring Semester Deadlines

US Applicants: November 1
International Applicants: September 15


By completing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you will learn how to:

  • Use biostatistical methods to analyze and report public health data
  • Specify approaches to assess, prevent, and control environmental and occupational hazards to human health and safety
  • Use epidemiologic methods to collect, study, analyze and report the patterns of disease in human populations for diverse audiences
  • Apply policy process, development and analysis methods to address current national, state and local public health issues
  • Identify social and behavioral science factors, theories and models and develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to positively affect health behaviors in populations
  • Exhibit high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people
  • Identify the impact of diversity and culture on public health across discipline areas
  • Identify the basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of public health data

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, students must complete coursework in the five core areas of public health and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B” grade on a 4.0 scale). All public health courses require authorization before registering. Please call (317) 274-3126 to obtain authorization.