The undergraduate certificate in public health is intended for non-public health majors and is designed for anyone interested in obtaining knowledge about public health concepts to enhance their ability to succeed in their chosen field. 

For information about the graduate certificate in public health, visit the graduate certificate website. 

Why Iowa?

The College of Public Health is Iowa's only accredited school of public health and is ranked among the top 10 publicly supported schools of public health in the nation. With an extensive network of community partners who support students' experiential learning and a track record of offering high-quality education, students are prepared for rewarding careers in public health practice or further academic study.

Admission Requirements

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. 

Students cannot earn both an undergraduate (BA or BS) degree in public health and a certificate in public health. Review our Areas of Study to select a major. 


Public Health

The undergraduate certificate in public health requires 18 s.h. of courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Before beginning certificate work, students should contact the certificate coordinator to complete a plan of study.

Students completing the undergraduate certificate in public health will have an understanding of emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concepts, and the health care system in the United States as compared to systems globally. 

Students must begin the certificate program with CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health, which provides an introduction to the field of public health. 

Review Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health in the UI General Catalog or visit the undergraduate certificate website for details about course requirements.