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Public Health Certificate

The Certificate in Public Health program is intended for public health practitioners and individuals wishing to increase their basic public health knowledge or considering a graduate degree in the field.

The five courses in this non-degree program cover the core content of the disciplines that are basic to public health. Classes are available at all campuses, via ITV at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, and online.

A certificate is awarded to students who pass all five courses. The certificate program is designed to be completed in one year.

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Public Health Disciplines

The five core disciplines of public health as defined by the Council on Education in Public Health are

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Health Services Administration
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Each of the classes in the Public Health Certificate Program introduces students to the different areas of public health.

PHM 2612 Epidemiology I
3 credits

This course provides a strong foundation in concepts, principles, and methods specific to epidemiology. A wide variety of tools that can be used to understand the public’s health are taught, including techniques relevant to the design, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic research. By the end of this course, students should be able to apply these skills to (a) assess the health of a population; (b) describe the natural history, distribution, and determinants of health-related states and events; and (c) evaluate programs designed to improve public health (e.g., screening). To accomplish this, the course considers epidemiology in the context of core public health functions and services.

PH 1690 Introduction to Biostatistics in Public Health
4 credits 

This course is designed as the first biostatistics course for students who have not previously taken a course in biostatistics; it is a designated core course for MPH students. Students will learn how to analyze quantitative data using appropriate biostatistical methods and software and interpret analysis results for a given public health context.

PHWM 2110 Public Health Ecology & the Human Environment
3 credits

This course provides an introductory overview of the basic principles underpinning public health ecology and environmental health. It satisfies the core environmental health MPH requirement for majors and non-majors. Students are provided with foundational knowledge in public health ecology, principles or environmental health and an introduction to environmental policies & controls. Applications of this knowledge will be applied to an environmental case study, wherein students will use a systems thinking approach to identify the key elements of the problem, develop solutions and articulate a dissemination plan. In addition, inter-professional engagement simulations will be used to provide students with skills for engaging stakeholders, including community members, policy makers/enforcers, and other healthcare professionals.

PHM 3715 Management and Policy Concepts in Public Health
3 credits 

This course provides an overview of theory and practice in the management and policy sciences applied to the field of public health. Topics include public health in the U.S. health system/legal bases of public health, public policy institutions, planning and management to promote health, emergency preparedness, public sector institutions, management, and decision-making. Students will gain skills in oral and written communication with individual and group projects.

PHM 1110 Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
3 credits

This is a core course, required for all MPH students. After completing this course, students will be able to explain the contribution of health promotion and behavioral sciences to public health. Students will learn about commonly used theories and models, community engagement, needs assessment, and program design, implementation, and evaluation. Throughout the semester, students will improve oral and written communication skills while applying newly acquired knowledge related to public health problems.

Public Health Certificate

Students can complete the certificate program in one year by taking two classes in both spring and fall semesters and one class during the summer semester. Students earning a grade of C or higher in all five courses will receive a certificate stating that they have completed the core courses in public health. Transcripts will indicate the classes taken and the award of a certificate.

The credits earned in the certificate program may be applied toward an MPH degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health.  This applies only if the applicant gains admission to the MPH program within 5 years of completing the certificate.

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