Public Health Advanced Graduate Certificate

“We need to better understand health care disparities and the social determinants of health because those are the things that will actually improve our health outcomes for the better.” Kenyani Davis, Health Services Administration MPH

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Health allows you to learn foundational public health skills in as little as one year.

About the program

The certificate program is designed for individuals who want to gain foundational public health knowledge. It can be completed fully online, or on campus through seated courses on a full-time or part-time basis. 

If you find that public health is your passion and you wish to complete the full Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, certificate courses can seamlessly transfer into UB’s MPH.

Our courses attract a diverse student body. You will learn in a collaborative environment that includes public health professionals as well as individuals from across the health care landscape. Courses are taught by faculty who are experts in their field.

The program is designed for:

  • Individuals who wish to take a few courses before enrolling into an MPH program
  • Working professionals who want to gain practical public health skills
  • Current UB students interested in the bigger picture of health care in the U.S.
  • Individuals who want to transition into, or advance in the field of public health
  • Students who need the flexibility of online courses or in-person options

The School of Public Health and Health Professions is a CEPH accredited school of public health




Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in this program, please fill out our academic information form


Apply by July 15 for fall semester admission. Apply by December 15 for spring semester admission.

Requirements for Current UB Graduate Students

Any student already enrolled in a graduate program at UB will be considered for admission to the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

  • Students must complete an application which includes a personal statement of your interest in the graduate certificate, and contact information for three (3) references

Requirements for Students Not Currently Enrolled in a UB Graduate Program

Students who graduated previously from UB or another university with a Bachelor's degree must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Minimum 79 TOEFL (for international students)
  • Students must complete an application which includes a personal statement of your interest in the graduate certificate, and contact information for three (3) references

International Admissions


International applicants must demonstrate understanding of English as shown by one of the following: 
  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 55 will be required with no individual section below 50. In addition, we now accept the Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) and the Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) tests. The minimum University requirement for both of these new tests is 185 overall on the new scoring scale.
  • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 for the paper-based test (our department prefers closer to 600) or 79 for the Internet-based test (our department prefers closer to 100); IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual sub-score below 6.0; or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores. 
  • If you have completed a degree program in the United States and have a TOEFL score (or similar) that meets the minimum University at Buffalo requirements as cited above, you may submit a copy of that TOEFL score for a waiver of the TOEFL exam for this degree program.

Supplemental Materials

You will upload transcripts, resume and personal statement, and provide contact information for three individuals who will provide references for you through the online application (LINK). 

You should request that your TOEFL score is sent to UB. When requesting, use the reporting code: School 2925.


  • Submit the biographical page of your passport
  • Complete the International Applicant Financial Form and provide an original, official bank statement documenting at least $40,645 in U.S. funds dated within one year of the date of enrollment.

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