Graduate Certificate in Public Health
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health includes high-quality, graduate courses in public health that can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The program provides students with the foundation for public health knowledge and skills, whether they are looking to enhance their career or integrate public health principles into other educational paths.
The Graduate Certificate is comprised of four required courses totaling 16 credits of coursework:
- Quantitative Methods for Public Health
- Leadership and Management for Public Health
- Health Systems, Law, and Policy
- Individual, Community, and Population Health
The component courses are the core courses for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at SPH, designed to provide key foundational knowledge in public health and enhance students’ professional preparation by highlighting interdisciplinary connections through examples, case studies, and problem-based learning.
Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, students will be able to:
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
- apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
- select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
- analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
- interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
Public Health & Healthcare Systems
- compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
- discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
Planning & Management to Promote Health
- assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
- apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
- design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
- explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
- select methods to evaluate public health programs.
Policy in Public Health
- discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
- propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
- advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
- evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
- apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
- apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
- select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
- communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
- describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
- perform effectively on interprofessional teams.
- apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is open to students with an earned bachelor’s degree, including current graduate students at Boston University.
All students apply through SOPHAS Express, and provide:
- Official Bachelor’s degree transcript sent directly to the School
- Unofficial transcripts of all other post-secondary institutions attended uploaded to SOPHAS Express application
- A personal statement describing your desire to complete the graduate certificate
- 2 letters of recommendation, with at least one being from a faculty member if possible
Transitioning to the MPH Program After Certificate Completion
Many students are interested in using the Graduate Certificate in Public Health as a stepping stone to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Those who complete the certificate with a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better may waive the GRE for a subsequent transition into the MPH program. Click here to learn more.