Public Health Fundamentals and Principles Certificate Program


The School of Public Health offers a fully online Certificate program in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles (CPH-FP). The Certificate is aimed at preparing students for the continuously changing challenges in public health. Building upon the School’s relationship with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and local health departments, the program acknowledges the emerging need for creative educational modalities in health.

The program requires the completion of 18 graduate course credits. These consist of 6 Master of Public Health (MPH) core courses. All of the CPH-FP courses will be offered in-class (SUNY-East Campus) and online through the SUNY Learning Network (SLN). The courses include:

EPI 500 Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology or
EPI 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (3 credits)

EPI 503 Principles of Public Health (3 credits)

EPI 551 Basic Principles of Statistical Inference or 
EPI 552/STA 552 Principles of Statistical Inference I (3 credits)

HPM 500 Health Care Organization, Delivery and Financing (3 credits)

HPM 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)

EHS 590 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)

Course waivers can be obtained only through prior approval and there is a transfer credit limit of one course (3 credits). To obtain the degree, each student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and file an application for Certificate completion within four years of admission.

Students who are enrolled in a School of Public Health degree program and who would like to pursue the Certificate degree can do so if they fulfill the above-mentioned requirements for degree completion.

All of the Certificate’s six required courses are identified by the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the School of Public Health. Students who have completed the CPH-FP and who have been admitted to pursue a MPH may apply these courses to a degree at the School if they have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher while pursuing the Certificate; have completed the courses within five years of application to the degree program and have fulfilled the admission requirements of the desired degree program.