Public Health

Certificate in Public Health

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, students must complete coursework in the five core areas of public health and earn a grade of “B” or better in their courses in order for the course work to count toward the necessary hours for graduation. All public health courses require authorization before registering. Please call (317) 278-0337 to obtain authorization.

Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Official GRE scores, if cumulative undergraduate GPA from all universities attended is below 3.0.
  • Minimum of one year of undergraduate mathematics (e.g. algebra, statistics, or finite math).
  • Competent written and oral communication skills.
  • Students meeting these requirements are not guaranteed admission. Other admission factors include references, work experience, the personal statement, and personal interview (if applicable).


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Deadlines

US Applicants

  • Application Deadline for Fall: July 1
  • Application Deadline for Spring: November 1

International Applicants

  • Application Deadline for Fall: April 1
  • Application Deadline for Spring: September 15

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health may apply directly through the SOPHAS Express application. SOPHAS Express is meant to facilitate the collection of common application materials and general information. In addition to the SOPHAS Express application, all applicants will be required to complete a short application to the IU Graduate CAS application system (select IUPUI campus) at the link by clicking below.

IU Application

When filling out the online application, select "Graduate Certificate in Public Health " as the program of your choice.  Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee once all supporting documents and requirements have been met.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants who have earned a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 are required to submit official scores from the GRE taken within the past five years. International applicants whose undergraduate work was completed at institutions outside of the U.S. or Canada are required to submit scores from the GRE regardless of cumulative GPA. The cumulative undergraduate GPA is calculated using all undergraduate grades earned from all colleges and universities attended. The GRE is not required of applicants who have a graduate or professional degree from a U.S. or Canadian college or university. The following exams can be substituted for the GRE: DAT, ECFMG, LSAT, OAT, GMAT, MCAT, or USMLE (steps one and two). In order to request the GRE requirement be waived a letter must be submitted with application indicating why the applicant is requesting a waiver of the graduate exam requirement. There is no official form to be completed.

The following are minimum GRE scores expected of applicants applying to the graduate certificate program:

  • Quantitative Reasoning 146
  • Verbal 150
  • Writing 4.0
  • Combined Quant & Verb Total 296

Applicants must submit GRE or substitutes scores to SOPHAS using the following designation DI Code 0167. Information about the GRE is available at

Personal Statement

The personal statement should be up to 500 words in length and can be uploaded to the online application. In your own words, describe experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. Indicate why you are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Please also indicate why you feel our program would be an appropriate fit for your professional goals; both immediate and long term. In your personal statement, it is imperative that you cite your sources if you include any statements or quotes that are not your original thought. All personal statements will be submitted by the FSPH to to ensure originality and proper citation.


Applicants must submit a resume. For each position on the resume, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed, and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service, and demonstration of leadership skills. Include professional certifications, honors, and awards.

Your resume should be mailed to the following address:

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Student Success and Admissions
Health Sciences Building RG 6016
1050 Wishard Blvd. Floor 6
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872


Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Your undergraduate cumulative GPA will be calculated based on all undergraduate transcripts. If you attended any Indiana University campus, you do not need to send transcripts for your IU credits.

Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Student Success and Admissions
Health Sciences Building RG 6016
1050 Wishard Blvd. Floor 6
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health program expects that at least three letters of recommendations will be submitted from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills, and strengths and weaknesses. Examples of professional and academic sources are academic advisors, professors, preceptors, or immediate supervisors. Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, colleagues, classmates, and relatives.

Please note that all recommenders are required to provide an e-mail address for online submission. If electronic submission is not possible, click here to download a PDF version of the recommendation form.


At the discretion of the admissions committee, some applicants are invited for an interview.

International Students

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants who are not native English speakers or who received their bachelor’s degree outside the US must submit official TOEFL scores or proof of English proficiency.

Scores can be sent to IUPUI School code 1325 or mailed to:

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Health Sciences Building (RG)
1050 Wishard Blvd. Floors 6
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872

Applicants are required to submit official TOEFL scores from exams taken within the past two years. The following TOEFL score is expected of applicants to the MPH Program:

  • Internet based TOEFL: minimum score of 106
  • Computer based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
  • Paper based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
  • IELTS: minimum score of 7

For more information on IUPUI TOEFL requirements, review The Office of International Affairs section on English proficiency for graduate students. For more information about the TOEFL exam:


IUPUI English Placement Test

International students who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit either TOEFL, ILETS or IUPUI EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.

International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit their TOEFL or ILETS scores with their application and, if admitted to the certificate program, must also complete the EAP Exam upon arrival to Indianapolis.

The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to the Certificate in Public Health Program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, ILETS or EAP scores.

For further information on the EAP:

EAP Test