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Public health is an academic discipline focused on preventing and mitigating disease outbreaks and addressing systemic health challenges that affect the health of communities and population groups. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare careers account for 6 of the top 10 fastest growing occupations, with 3.4 million new jobs related to healthcare and social assistance projected by 2028.


Public health professionals might apply their knowledge by:

  • Analyzing and consulting on public health policy
  • Creating, managing or implementing public health education initiatives
  • Investigating the origin and best treatment of diseases
  • Researching demographics and analyze data to help prevent disease outbreaks

What career options does a graduate certificate in public health offer?


KU’s online graduate certificate programs in public health provide a thorough background in the key aspects of public health, including epidemiology, policy, administration, environmental health and biostatistics. These programs prepare students for careers in a variety of public health-related fields, including public health administration, global health, maternal & child health, nutrition and data management.
 

Graph of public health certificates and their potential uses


Is a graduate certificate in public health right for you?


KU’s public health certificate online programs are designed for students seeking advanced education and training to enter careers in public health. A minimum one-year experience in a public health or healthcare setting is preferred. Completion of one of these graduate certificates can also start you on your way to a full KU Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

What online public health graduate certificates are available at KU?


KU offers three graduate certificates in public health practice, policy and management, epidemiology and essentials of public health. All programs are available 100% online. See the choices below and download the program guides for more information. Each guide provides the program’s curriculum, career paths, admissions information, tuition and more.

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How are the programs structured?


KU’s three online graduate certificate program options consist of 12 credit hours each. Courses completed in pursuit of one of these graduate public health certificates may apply toward earning your Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Kansas.

Graduate certificate in public health practice, policy and management Graduate certificate in essentials of public health Graduate certificate in epidemiology
Why study public health at KU?

Flexible

  • 100% online
  • Finish certificates as stand-alone credentials
  • Asynchronous format available

Quality

  • Credentialed, experienced faculty
  • Globally recognized academics
  • Offered in collaboration with the KU Medical Center

Useful

  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Certificates let you tailor your studies to your interests
  • Courses designed for public health careers