Graduate Certificate Programs

The graduate certificate programs are intended for public health practitioners and individuals considering a graduate degree in the field. The five courses in each of these non-degree certificate programs cover the core content of the specific discipline. Classes are available at each campus and online.

Certificate Programs

        Data Science

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Health Disparities

Healthcare Management

Maternal and Child Health

Public Health Certificate

Public Health Informatics

Certificate Program Logistics

- Students can take up to 16 credit hours total

- Courses (a maximum of 16 credits are allowed for the entire program) successfully completed as a non-degree/certificate student may count toward an SPH degree once admission to a degree-seeking program has been granted, if:

  • A grade of C or higher or Pass has been earned in any course that has been completed within the last 5 years, and
  • The course is approved by the student’s advisory committee (advisor should write memo documenting approval for the student file).

***Admission into the Non-Degree/Certificate program does not guarantee admissions into a degree-seeking program.

Program Contact:
Robert Hammarberg, MPA 

Newly Admitted Students

Application Process

1        Online Application: SOPHAS EXPRESS (except Public Health Informatics)

2        Application Fee $50

3        Supporting Documents to be submitted

  • Reference Letter (electronic request to recommender through the application)
  • Transcripts (Applicant may upload official or unofficial transcripts that list’s the degree awarded. In the event the applicant is admitted, they will be required to submit an official transcript to our registrar’s office.)

Program Deadlines

Who Should Apply

  • Those who work in public health that would like additional training
  • Future students who intend to apply these courses toward their public health degree program at UTSPH
  • Those delivering health care who need knowledge and skills in some of the public health disciplines, but may not want the full curriculum

NOTE: UTSPH does not sponsor student visas for international graduate certificate applicants (Please e-mail to verify visas that are eligible for the Certificate program)

Suggested Prerequisites

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited school (waived for affiliated undergraduate programs). Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater are preferred, but the transcripts, goal statements, work experience and reference letters of applicants with lower GPAs will also be reviewed for evidence of potential to succeed in the program.
  • Demonstrated math competency
  • Excellent English language skills

International Graduate Certificate Applicants

For students with international transcripts:

  • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated through World Education Services (WES) ONLY. A course-by-course transcript ICAP evaluation is required
  • TOEFL scores (within last two years)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Paper-based: 600
  • Computer-based: 250
  • Internet-based: 100

We recommend that international applicants who hold F-1 visas contact the Office of International Affairs to verify eligibility for enrollment as a certificate seeking student.

NOTE: UTSPH does not sponsor student visas for international graduate certificate applicants (Please e-mail to verify visas that are eligible for the Certificate program)

For Additional Assistance

For further assistance with the application process and information, please contact

Preparing for Completion

  1. Affirm you have completed all requirements for your certificate program.

  2. Address any questions regarding certificate completion and program requirements with your Academic Advisor. Contact Mr. Robert Hammarberg (, Academic Advisor, if you are a Houston student or your Academic Advisor is unknown.

  3. Complete and submit the Certificate Completion and Request Form by the last class day of completing semester (reference the academic calendar here). 

  4. Address and remove any Holds and/or To-Do list items associated with your myUTH account.

Completion Audit and Certificate Ordering

Once submitted, your Certificate Completion and Request Form and academic history will be reviewed. If there are any discrepancies, you will be notified by the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services. Please note that confirmations of certificate completion are based on posted final grades and final audit results. Certificates will be ordered once your Certificate Completion and Request Form and audit are approved by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services and you have no Holds and/or To-Do list items associated with your myUTH account.

For all inquiries regarding certificate completion, auditing, and ordering, contact Mr. Robert Hammarberg (