Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts


The Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Core Concepts (PHCC) contributes to the preparation of community and public health practitioners entering the field from related disciplines and serves as a stepping-stone to further graduate training in public health.  The Certificate also is available to students who wish to complement an existing degree in a health profession (for example, nursing or social work). This certificate complements (i.e., is not redundant with, can be completed in addition to) the Graduate Certificate in Community Health, which provides focused health education and promotion skills. Completion of the certificate program does not ensure admission into the MPH degree program.

Students are admitted to the Graduate School in a special category for certificate programs. See general information on admission to graduate certificate programs elsewhere in this catalog.

Certificate Requirements
The program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts  requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate credit including 12 hours of core courses and a restricted elective course (3 credit hours). Students should plan their program of study in consultation with their assigned academic advisor and/or Graduate Coordinator.

Core Courses (12 hours)

HLTH 6200  Introduction to Public Health (3)
HLTH 6201  Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3)
HLTH 6202  Community Epidemiology (3)
HLTH 6205  Environmental Health (3)

Restricted Elective Course (3 hours)
(Choose One Course)
HLTH 6203  Public Health Data Analysis (3)
HLTH 6204  Public Health Research Methods (3)
HLTH 6206  Health Services Administration (3)

Descriptions of individual courses and when they are offered can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.

Students enrolled in the department’s Master of Health Administration Program (MHA) may substitute HADM 6104 for HLTH 6202, HADM 6108 for HLTH 6203, and/or HADM 6145 for HLTH 6206.

Credits applied toward the Graduate Certificate in Community Health cannot also be applied to this certificate.

Transfer credits are not accepted in the Certificate program.

Application Instructions

Application deadlines for admission to the Graduate Certficate Program in Public Health Core Concepts are as follows:

September 15, for Spring Semester
April 1, for 1st & 2nd Summer Sessions
February 15, for Fall Semester

The University Catalog, admission information and application can be found here.
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Graduate School

Contact for Additional Information:

Associate Professor
Program Director, Graduate Public Health Program
Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
CHHS 427B (Building and Room #)
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