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Certificate Program in Public Health

This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It is intended primarily for individuals in public health practice, students who want to strengthen their knowledge and skills in basic public health competencies, and for individuals who are interested in earning a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree.

The Certificate Program in Public Health is designed to improve public health practice and public health workforce capacity in Iowa and the upper Midwest.

Joint B.A. or B.S./Master of Public Health Degrees

Iowa offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree that is a professional degree and not offered as an undergraduate major. However, the College of Public Health collaborates with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to offer joint bachelor's degree/Master of Public Health programs for undergraduate students who are majoring in biology, psychology, or statistics and would like to earn an M.P.H. degree.

Undergraduate students must apply to the joint programs and should consult their undergraduate advisers.

Course Work 

Certificate Program in Public Health

The program will introduce you to the field of public health and to evidence-based public health methods. You also will learn about health promotion and disease prevention, environmental health, and the U.S. health care system.

All of the courses needed to complete the Certificate in Public Health are taught via the internet at least once each year and some also are offered on campus. However, not every course is offered every semester.

Review Public Health in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements.

Joint B.A. or B.S./Master of Public Health Degrees

The joint programs permit students to count a limited amount of credit toward the requirements of both degrees, enabling them to begin the study of public health before they complete the bachelor's degree. Each joint program pairs an undergraduate major with a specific M.P.H. subtrack.

Review Areas of Study/Undergrad to Grad on the Master of Public Health website to learn more about degree options and required course work.

Application Process

Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.