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Graduate Certificate in Public Health


Program Overview

The Public Health Certificate 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 certificate is offered through the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. MPH faculty teach the required courses for the certificate, 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
  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. Acceptance is dependent on student eligibility and space in the program. Students who have graduated from the MPH program, or who are enrolled in the MPH program, are not eligible. All courses must be completed at UNF.


Program Fact Sheet

Special Notes about the Program

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information regarding eligibility.


Application Information

How to:

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Admits for fall term only.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Elissa Barr


(904) 620-1479