Certificates for Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Non-degree-seeking students can choose one of several available certificates to enhance their education.

To review the requirements of each of the graduate certificate programs for non-degree-seeking students, please refer to the below degree plans and resource documents. For more information about course content, please refer to the Course Catalog.

For questions about the available certificates for non-degree-seeking students, please contact Ms. Amanda Smithson, Academic Advisor, for the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Amanda.K.Smithson@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-9036.

Certificate Programs

Clinical Nutrition and Public Health Certificate - Starting Spring 2019
This certificate is designed to prepare those in the public health and health care workforce to understand the role of nutrition in disease prevention and health promotion, nutrition assessment, nutritional epidemiologic methods, nutritional physiology, nutritional health policy, and culinary medicine.
Faculty coordinator: Shreela V. Sharma, PhD, RD, LD

Clinical Nutrition and Public Health Certificate Planner

Culinary Nutrition and Public Health Certificate - Starting Spring 2019
This certificate is designed to prepare those in the public health and health care workforce to understand the role of nutrition in disease prevention and health promotion, nutrition assessment, nutritional physiology, nutritional health policy, and culinary medicine.
Faculty coordinator: Shreela V. Sharma, PhD, RD, LD

Culinary Nutrition and Public Health Certificate Planner

Data Science Certificate
This certificate is intended for professionals working in health care or industries related to public health research and biostatistics, and consists of coursework in data science, data analytics and predictions, analytic methods, and data management.
Faculty coordinator: Ashraf Yaseen, PhD

Data Science Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

Genomics and Bioinformatics Certificate
This certificate is intended for professionals in academic, clinical, and research settings who are now or soon to be faced with genomic and related data. The goal is to enable a generation of investigators and academicians capable of integrating genomic and related high-dimensional data seamlessly into population and personalized health.
Coordinator: JR Bright

Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

Health Disparities Certificate
This certificate provides an orientation for individuals who are working in public health or health care and seeking to focus their work to the recognition, description and elimination of health disparities that have been defined as differences in “the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality or survival rates.”
Faculty coordinators: Maria E. Fernandez, PhD and J. Michael Wilkerson, PhD Health Disparities

Health Disparities Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

Healthcare Administration Certificate
This certificate is intended for professionals working in healthcare management and students enrolled in post-baccalaureate degree programs in complementary graduate level disciplines such as business, health care, public policy, public administration, or health sciences. This certificate is designed to meet the needs of students, employers, and community partners.
Faculty coordinator: F. Lee Revere, PhD

Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

Maternal and Child Health Certificate
This certificate is designed to equip students with skills to professionally promote and enhance the health of women, children, and their communities on a local, state, federal, and international level, while working as advocates in health care organizations, academic institutions, and other public and private organizations. An in-depth diverse curriculum provides skills development in reproductive, perinatal, child, and adolescent health.
Faculty coordinator: Courtney E. Byrd-Williams, PhD

Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

Public Health Certificate
This certificate is intended for public health practitioners and individuals who are interested in increasing their basic public health knowledge or are considering a graduate degree in the field. These courses cover the core content of the disciplines that are basic to public health.
Coordinator: Amanda Smithson, MA

Public Health Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

Public Health Informatics Certificate
This certificate is a joint program between UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and UTHealth School of Public Health and was created to address the growing emphasis of public health informatics at the national level and the increased market demand.
Faculty Coordinator: Ross Shegog, PhD

Public Health Informatics Graduate Certificate Planner (for Non-Degree-Seeking Students)

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:
Ms. Amanda Smithton, MA
Academic Advisor
Amanda.K.Smithson@uth.tmc.edu 

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 sphadmissions@uth.tmc.edu 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 sphadmissions@uth.tmc.edu to verify visas that are eligible for the Certificate program)

For Additional Assistance

For further assistance with the application process and information, please contact sphadmissions@uth.tmc.edu

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 Ms. Amanda Smithson (Amanda.K.Smithson.uth.tmc.edu), Academic Advisor, if you are a Houston student or your Academic Advisor is unknown.

  3. Complete and submit the Certificate Completion and Request Form. For the fall 2018 semester, Certificate Completion and Request Forms will be accepted Monday, August 27, 2018, through Friday, February 1, 2019. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for verification and processing after the February 1, 2019 deadline.

  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 Director of Academic Affairs 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 Ms. Amanda Smithson (Amanda.K.Smithson@uth.tmc.edu).