Master of Public Health Graduate Program Student Handbook 7. Graduate Certificate in Public Health

7.1 Description

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 UNF PHC Program is offered in a hybrid format - students can complete the program in one year meeting on campus one night per week on average. Each course is offered in one of three ways: 1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid. Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6-8:45 p.m. DL courses are offered online. Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face. This format makes the UNF MPH Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peers.


Special Notes about the Program

Individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field may be accepted into the PHC Program; there are no pre-requisites. Acceptance into the PHC Program is dependent on student eligiblity 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.

Students admitted to the PHC with GRE scores meeting the minimum requirements will be allowed to transition into MPH at any time. Students who have not taken the GRE must complete all 15 credit hours in the PHC and have a 3.0 grade point average or higher before they may transition into the MPH program.

7.2 Program of Study

Major: Public Health Certificate

Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Certificate Requirements (15 credits)

Core Requirements

  • HSC6215 3 Environmental Health
  • HSC6505 3 Epidemiology
  • HSC6603 3 Theory of Health Behavior
  • PHC6050 3 Public Health Biostatistics I
  • PHC6102 3 Public Health Policy & Management

    7.3 Course Sequence

    Notes: Following one of the course sequences below is necessary to meet prerequisites and complete the certificate in a timely manner.   Courses are only offered one time per year. Students who fail to follow the course sequencing will delay their graduation, possibly for a year or more.  

    Option 1 (1 year)
     Fall 1 Spring 1    

    HSC 6505: Epidemiology & Disease Control 

    HSC 6603: Theory of Health Behavior

    PHC 6050: Public Health Biostatistics I 

    HSC 6215: Environmental Health              

    PHC 6102: Health Policy & Management


    Option 2 (1.5 years)
     Fall 1  Spring 1  Fall 2

    HSC 6505: Epidemiology & Disease Control

    PHC6050: Public Health Biostatistics I           

    HSC 6215: Environmental Health  
    PHC 6102: Health Policy & Management

    HSC 6603: Theory of Health Behavior

    Option 3 (2.5 years)
    Fall 1 Spring 1  Fall 2

    Spring 2

    Fall 3
    PHC 6050: Public Health Biostatistics I            HSC 6215: Environmental Health       HSC 6505: Epidemiology & Disease Control

    PHC 6102: Health Policy & Management

    HSC 6603: Theory of Health Behavior