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Certificate in Public Health Practice

Overview

The Certificate in Public Health Practice may be earned over a period of four quarters (one calendar year), through a combination of on-site and distance coursework. The on-site commitment involves two on-site sessions per quarter. Each session lasts between two to five days, depending on the quarter and subject matter. Most sessions are two to three days, with the orientation session typically being five days.

Successfully-earned credits for the certificate may be transferred into UW Executive MPH Program's MPH degree, if a certificate student is later admitted into the degree program.

The Certificate in Public Health Practice provides:
  • Graduate education in core public health disciplines that are considered essential for all public health professionals:
    • Health services
    • Environmental health
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Skill enhancement in:
    • Program management
    • Research methods
  • Opportunity for advanced study through partial distance learning without quitting your job
Who Should Apply?

The Certificate in Public Health Practice is designed specifically for employed public, community, and environmental health professionals who are seeking graduate-level educational opportunities, but who may not be able to make a long-term commitment to a full-time MPH degree program. Individuals involved with such organizations as state and local health departments, health systems agencies, hospitals, and voluntary health agencies are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have, or anticipate having, program responsibilities, such as program planning, organization, management, or evaluation, within the agency in which they are employed.

Practicum Requirement

All students enrolled in an MPH program must complete a practicum experience in an organization, agency, or community that provides planning or services relevant to public health. For certificate students, the practicum is doubly important as it also fulfills the UW requirement for a culminating experience. The practicum is, therefore, usually completed towards the end of a certificate student's program.