The Public Health Certificate (PHC) Program consists of five required courses. The PHC Program prepares participants with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health and skills necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. This certificate is ideal for those students who are working on a Master’s degree in another field, but have an interest in or plan to work in a public health setting, or for professionals who are working in the field but do not have a degree in public health. The PHC is offered through the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. MPH faculty teach the required PHC courses, and students take courses along with MPH students.
The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Certificate courses are accessible to working professionals. All courses are offered in one of three manners: 1) one evening per week in a face-to-face format; 2) via distance learning; or 3) via a hybrid format (half face-to-face and half distance learning). Students can take 1-2 classes per semester and complete the certificate in 3 to 5 semesters.
Students enrolled in any UNF graduate program may earn the Public Health Certificate, but students are not required to be admitted to a UNF graduate program. There are no pre-requisite courses required; individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field may be accepted into the PHC Program. Acceptance into the PHC Program is dependent on student eligibility and space in the program.
Students who have graduated from the MPH program or are enrolled in the MPH Program are not eligible to earn the Certificate. All courses for the Certificate must be completed at the University of North Florida.
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