Certificate Programs

The School of Public Health offers the following graduate certificate programs:

Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles
Certificate in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness
Certificate in Health Disparities
Certificate in Global Health

The Public Health Certificates prepare students for the continuously changing challenges in the field and acknowledge the emerging need for creative educational modalities in public health.  They may be used as a first look at public health or to further enhance one's understanding of the complexities of the field.  Previous public health experience is not required, although many students in the program may be working in public health settings. 

The Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles program is designed for classes to be completed FULLY ONLINE.  Certificate students receive priority in registering for the certificate program courses offered ONLINE.  Local students who want to take on campus courses can be placed on a waitlist and accommodated if space is available, since full-time, matriculated students enrolled in the traditional (on-campus) MPH program are given priority for the in-class courses.. 

Students who complete the Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles may apply these courses to a degree at the University at Albany's School of Public Health and must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while pursuing the certificate
  • Complete the courses within five years of application to the degree program
  • Fulfill the admission requirements of the desired degree program at the time of application


Students who have taken coursework at an outside institution may transfer one course (3 credits) into the program and must complete a Request for Transfer of Credit to a Graduate Program form. The courses must be taken at the graduate level and considered equivalent to the course offered at the University at Albany School of Public Health.  Courses considered for transfer of credit are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed by the course instructor.


Tuition assistance is available for local county health department and New York State Department of Health employees enrolled in the Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles through the Public Health Management Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) program.


For more information on the certificate programs or the application procedures can be directed to the School of Public Health Office of Admissions.