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



Who can apply for the certificate program?

  • Any student with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an interest in public health

How do current or prospective students apply for the certificate program?

  • Students can begin applying in Summer 2018 to start the program in Fall 2018.
  • Complete the request information form to be notified when the application link is available.

Can international students apply?

  • Yes. Learn more at international admissions.

How many online courses can I take as an international student?

  • International students with an F-1 Visa currently studying at UB are limited to 3 online course credits per semester
  • International students remaining in their home countries have no limits on online course credits per semester

When is the application deadline?

  • July 15th to begin in the Fall semester
  • December 15th to begin in the Spring semester

Are transfer credits accepted?

  • No transfer credits are accepted for the certificate program.

How long can I take to finish the certificate?

  • The program consists of 5 courses which should be completed within 4 academic years.

Can I enroll in the certificate program if I am currently a graduate student at UB?

  • Yes, full-time and part-time graduate students at UB can apply.

Can I complete all certificate courses online from my home country if I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?

  • You can complete all certificate courses online from your home country. You will still apply through international admissions, but you will not be required to attend UB at any time.

What are the tuition and fees for the program?

What undergraduate degrees will best prepare me for the certificate program?

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline can apply.

Are pre-requisites required?

  • Students must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered.

Is financial aid available?

  • Since this is not a degree program, financial aid is not available.

When can students begin the program?

  • Students can begin in the Spring or Fall semester.

What grades will I need to receive the certificate?

  • An average of 2.5 GPA for certificate courses is required.
  • A grade of 3.0 GPA (B or better) is required in each course to transfer into the MPH program.

If I complete the certificate program, and then enroll in a UB Master of Public Health (MPH) program, will certificate credits transfer to the MPH?

  • All certificate courses completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (grade B or better) can transfer into UB's MPH program.
  • Some credits may not transfer into the MPH in epidemiology, or the MPH in biostatistics. Contact us before applying to learn more.

If I complete the certificate program, and then enroll in a UB graduate program other than the MPH, will certificate credits transfer into the other program?

  • Some certificate credits may transfer into other graduate programs.
  • There may be minimum grade requirements for courses to be eligible.
  • Contact the graduate program's department before applying to understand course and grade requirements that are eligible to transfer.

If I have additional questions, who can I contact?