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Graduate Certificate

Public Health

The Public Health Certificate (PHC) Program consists of six 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 PHC Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester. The full-time program can be completed in 1 year and the part time in 2 years. 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, 6:00-8:45pm. 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 PHC Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peers. 


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 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.

Public Health Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate)

Program Description for Public Health Certificate

Major: Public Health Certificate Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Certificate Requirements (18 credits)

HSC6215 Environmental Health (3 Credits)

HSC6587 Public Hlth Prog Planning (3 Credits)

PHC6000 Epidemiology I (3 Credits)

PHC6102 Public Hlth Policy and Advoc (3 Credits)

PHC6050 Public Health Biostats I (3 Credits)

PHC6149 Public Hlth Leader and Manage (3 Credits)