This certificate is offered as both an undergraduate certificate and a graduate certificate. It is intended primarily for individuals in public health practice, those in the workforce, and students who want to strengthen their knowledge and skills in basic public health competencies. The graduate certificate also is 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.

Course Work

This program will introduce you to the field of public health and to evidence-based public health methods. You also will take a course in two of these areas: 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 most are also offered on campus. However, not every course is offered every semester. Students must complete the certificate's required course work within five years of entering the program and must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 in work for the certificate. 

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

Admission Requirements

Admission is selective. To be considered for admission, students must have 60 semester hours of undergraduate credit and a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

Application Process

Application Process Tabs

For information on how to apply to the Public Health Certificate program, visit the certificate website:



Public Health
Selective Admission