Courses Offered

The Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles requires completing 18 graduate course credits which consist of the six (6) Master of Public Health (MPH) core courses listed below.

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  • The program is designed for courses to be completed primarily ONLINE;
  • Space may be available for students to take courses in class. See Online Registration Policies.
  • Courses do not need to be taken in any sequential order;


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Course Descriptions

EPI 500 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (3 CREDITS)
Introduction to epidemiology for students majoring in any aspect of public health; covers the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation including describing the patterns of illness in populations and research designs for investigating the etiology of disease. Introduces quantitative measures to determine risk, association and procedures for standardization of rates.

EPI 503 Principles of Public Health (3 CREDITS)
This course introduces the students to the basic principles of public health and their application to the development of activities that benefit the health status of populations. The skills of epidemiology, biostatistics, health care planning and policy development, health care administration, and community organization are applied to the assessment of public health needs and the development of prevention and control initiatives.

EPI 551 Principles of Statistical Inference I (3 CREDITS)
An introduction to descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, sampling estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Computing will be introduced and used throughout the course.

HPM 500 Health Care Organization, Delivery and Financing (3 CREDITS)
Introduction to health care policy and services; arrangements for organizing, delivering, paying for, and financing health care are examined with attention to their rationale, implementation, and effectiveness. Government interventions to ensure access, cost containment and quality are assessed and policy alternatives are considered.

HPM 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 CREDITS)
This course provides an introduction to the role of social, cultural, psychological, and behavioral factors in determining the health of populations. Students will: gain understanding of the significance of social, cultural, psychological, and behavioral factors in relation to health status and well-being; learn to analyze public health problems in terms of the social, psychological, cultural, economic, and demographic factors that contribute to or protect from vulnerability to disease, disability, and death; and improve their ability to apply social science theory, research, and principals to the critical analysis of the appropriateness of public health interventions.

EHS 590 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 CREDITS)
Basic concepts of the modes of transmission of environmental stressors from source or reservoir to host and methods of reducing their impact on human population; basic concepts, methods and premises of environmental risk management.