The Certificate in Public Health


The 1988 Institute of Medicine Report on the “Future of Public Health” states that there is a consistent demand for focused efforts that address the infrastructure and core services of public health. To address this need and fill the gap in educational programs available to practitioners, the UAB School of Public Health has developed a certificate program.

The Certificate in Public Health is a 16-credit hour program of study. The content is the same as the core content taught in UAB’s masters of public health program. All courses are offered via distance education. Students are able to register, receive materials, interact with faculty, order books and successfully complete this program without traveling to the UAB campus.

Only students who have enrolled and completed the certificate program are eligible to receive a certificate. Students enrolled in an MPH degree seeking program are not eligible to receive a Certificate of Public Health.


Desired Applicant

  • Public Health Workforce - Those who work in the health care field.
  • Health Professional/Student - Those who work in a public health related field and/or students in professional schools who require the skills in some of the core public health disciplines but do not want a full MPH degree.
  • MPH Degree Seeking Students - students currently or previously enrolled in a MPH program are not eligible to receive the certificate.