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) courses. All of the CPH-FP courses are available online through the Blackboard Learning System. The courses include:

  • 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 six years of admission.

All of the Certificate’s six required courses are included in the Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum. 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.