Online Certificate Program in Public Health
Drexel’s accredited, online Certificate in Public Health provides the foundational knowledge of public health you need to enhance or further your career. Designed for working professionals coming from a variety of backgrounds, including physicians, nurses, public health administrators, health educators, clinical research professionals, policy experts, and more, the public health certificate focuses on the following key competencies outlined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in eight domains:
- Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health
- Public Health & Health Care Systems
- Planning & Management to Promote Health
- Policy in Public Health
- Interprofessional Practice
- Systems Thinking
Certificate in Public Health Online Program Features
- Courses taught by experienced faculty from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, an accredited school of public health by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
- Fully online format is convenient for busy professionals
Upon completion, you will be able to:
- Understand the systems that drive population health
- Use critical thinking to characterize population health and answer public health questions
- Describe the mission, historical context, values, and ethical principles of public health
- Effectively gather, analyze, and interpret quantitative data
- Translate knowledge into actions that improve population health
- Engage and partner effectively with multiple disciplines, sectors, and communities to promote health
- Communicate effectively about public health topics with diverse audiences
- Understand the principles of effective leadership, administration, and funding in public health
What can you do with a Certificate in Public Health?
The diversity of the public health field provides a multitude of opportunities to enrich, protect, educate, and improve population health and reduce health disparities. This program provides the foundational knowledge and skills that those from a broad spectrum of health disciplines can apply to understand and improve the health of populations. This might include those in clinical fields who wish to better understand how community and social factors affect the health of their patients or who wish to transition to work in a public health agency, as well as those who already work in public health and wish to deepen their understanding of population health.
As an enhancement to your previous education and current career, completing Drexel's online Certificate in Public Health program will prepare you for possible careers or advancement in the public health industry, in roles such as:
- Clinical Research Professional
- Community Wellness Administrator
- Environmental Scientist or Specialist
- Government Employee
- Health Educator or Community Health Worker
- Health Specialist
- Medical and Health Services Manager
- Public Health Nurse
- Public Health Social Worker
- Research Associate
- Urban Planner
How Long Does it Take to Earn a Public Health Certificate?
Drexel's online public health certificate is a 19 quarter credit program, which is the equivalent of 13 semester credits. The program features 6 courses, including one elective that allows you to customize your learning experience to your career goals. On average, you should be able to complete the certificate in as little as 9-18 months.
- Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
- Certificate in Maternal and Child Health
State restrictions may apply to some programs.
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|BST 571||Introduction to Biostatistics||3.0|
|EPI 570||Introduction to Epidemiology||3.0|
|HMP 505||Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis||2.0|
|PBHL 510||Public Health Foundations and Systems I||4.0|
|PBHL 511||Public Health Foundations and Systems II||4.0|
|Elective Course (Select One)||3.0|
|BST 555||Introduction to Statistical Computing|
|CHP 517||Overview of Maternal and Child Health|
|CHP 518||Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health|
|CHP 681||Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations|
|CHP 682||LGBT Health Disparities|
|CHP 683||Intersectional Perspectives|
|EPI 556||Perinatal Epidemiology|
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $1163 per credit.
- This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
2018-2019 Academic Year
September 24, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 10, 2018
December 15, 2018
January 7, 2019
March 16, 2019
March 18, 2019
March 23, 2019
April 1, 2019
June 8, 2019
June 10, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 24, 2019
August 31, 2019
September 3, 2019
September 7, 2019