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  • 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
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • 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
    • Physician
    • 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.

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    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.

    Required Courses  
    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  
    Total Credits   19.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $1198 per credit.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary 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.


    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 15, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019


    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2020

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

    Apply today for the Online Certificate Program in Public Health

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