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Advanced Certificate in Public Health


The NYU CGPH is pleased to offer an entirely online 15-credit certificate designed to enhance knowledge and training in core public health concepts. Delivery of the program through an innovative online format provides students the opportunity to complete the certificate while working.

Students enrolled in the program participate in a vibrant online community with faculty and fellow students.  All courses are taught by regular NYU CGPH faculty who are available to certificate students for guidance and advisement.  The program uses NYU's state-of-the-art platform, designed around various technology enhanced educational tools allowing for the delivery of high quality, flexible and uniform courses. 

The five courses offered follow the Core Competency Model of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH):

  • GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Public Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5110 Global Health Policy and Management (3 credits)

Students may take as many courses as they wish per term as long as the certificate is completed within three years.  All five courses will be available each Fall and Spring term, and there will be some course offerings in the Summer semesters.

Certificate students will also be offered an online non-credit CPH Review Course in preparation for taking the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Potential enrollees include public health practitioners who are working in local, state, and federal departments of public health, as well as health related professionals working in community and non-governmental agencies, hospitals, and other health care facilities.

The certificate is also appropriate for those who may be interested in the MPH degree but are either currently unable to attend an in-person program or are unsure if they wish to commit to the MPH program.  

All credits earned in the certificate are applicable to the NYU MPH program.

Applications must be submitted online through SOPHAS Express, the common application for schools and programs of public health. In order to be eligible for the certificate, an applicant must hold the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or US equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA

To apply, applicants must submit the following materials through SOPHAS Express:

  • Scanned copies of transcripts for all post-secondary education completed, regardless of whether a degree was awarded 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Personal statement of no longer than 1200 words expressing a rationale for pursuing the certificate 
  • 1 letter of support from either a professional or academic reference 

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2016 admission to the certificate program.


Spring 2016 classes will begin on January 25, 2016.


The certificate tuition is charged on a per-credit basis at a cost of $740 per credit.

Students may be eligible for federal financial aid and/or private educational loans to pursue the certificate program.  More details are available on the website of the NYU Office of Financial Aid.

Yes. All courses taken as part of the certificate are awarded NYU graduate-level credits.

These credits may be applied to the NYU MPH program or transferred into academic programs at other institutions (subject to transfer policies).

Yes.  Students who complete the certificate and who have five years or more of relevant public health experience or possess a relevant graduate degree may sit for the exam.

An online non-credit CPH Review Course will be offered to certificate students at no extra cost as preparation for taking the CPH exam.

The online courses are offered via NYU Classes, NYU's online learning system.

Course Format & Design: The courses will contain the same learning objectives, foundation knowledge and critical thinking skills as the same courses taught on the NYU campus, but the components, syllabus, lectures, exams, and projects will be revised utilizing a variety of interactive modalities compatible for asynchronous learning.

Online learning modalities will include but not be limited to:

  • Video lessons with embedded graphics and visuals
  • Instructor/student threaded discussions to allow instructors to clarify information and respond to students' questions as well as provide peer interaction
  • Interactive Case Studies
  • Simulation/Animation
  • Live Instructor Office Hours using Synchronous Meeting Tool, Big Blue Button
  • Self-assessment lesson quizzes with immediate feedback
  • Some courses will have a few synchronous sessions offered on Big Blue Button (similar to Skype)

The courses consist of a 15 week semester in Fall and Spring terms and follow the NYU academic calendar just as the tradition courses. The Summer session courses will be the same 15 lessons offered in the six week session.

The course faculty will work with you each week, throughout the course to respond to your questions, offer feedback on assignments and discussions and grade homework assignments.

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