Advanced Certificate in Public Health

The Advanced Certificate in Public Health program offers graduate-level courses administered entirely online to equip professionals with essential knowledge and training in core public health concepts. After completing the certificate program, you have the foundations you need to begin the Master of Health (MPH) degree program at NYU, or you may be eligible to take the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.

Who Should Enroll?

The Advanced Certificate in Public Health is targeted to 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 students who are interested in the NYU Master of Public Health (MPH) degree but are unable to enroll in or attend an in-person program at this time. However, should you choose to enroll in the NYU MPH program in the future, all credits earned in the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program count toward your MPH degree.


The 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Public Health program consists of five three-credit core courses offered online that form the foundation of the NYU Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The three-credit courses include:

  • GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology - 3 credits
  • GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health - 3 credits

  • GPH-GU 5995 Biostatistics for Public Health - 3 credits

  • GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health - 3 credits
  • GPH-Gu 5110 Health Care Policy - 1.5 credits

  • GPH-GU 5112 Public Health Management and Leadership - 1.5 credits

These courses are offered via NYU Classes, NYU's online learning system. You will cover 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 methods:

  • Video lessons with embedded graphics and visuals

  • Instructor/student threaded discussions to allow instructors to respond to students' questions as well as provide peer interaction

  • Interactive case studies

  • Live faculty office hours and sessions using a synchronous meeting tool called WebEx (similar to Skype)

  • Self-assessment lesson quizzes with immediate feedback

The Advanced Certificate in Public Health program is offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms and follows the NYU academic calendar.


Once you have completed the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program, you may specialize your education by taking one of GPH's concentration certificates:


Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam

After completing the NYU GPH Advanced Certificate in Public Health, you may be eligible to take the Certified Public Health (CPH) exam.

As part of this certificate program, you will also be offered an online non-credit CPH Review Course at no extra cost to help you prepare for the exam.

How Do I Apply?

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, you must hold the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or US equivalent from an accredited institution

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA

To apply, you must submit your application as well as the following materials:

  • 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

The Advanced Certificate in Public Health program is offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms and follows the NYU academic calendar.

Financial Aid

The certificate tuition is charged on a per-credit basis at a cost of $832 per credit.

You may be eligible for federal financial aid and/or private educational loans to pursue the certificate program. Learn more about your options for aid from GPH’s Office of Financial Aid.

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Online Learning at GPH

The College of Global Public Health is dedicated to providing a connected, professional, and scholastic environment for our online courses. 

Get Certified, Stay Certified

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam is the only credential of its kind for public health that demonstrates not only your knowledge of key public health sciences, but also your commitment to the field through continuing education. Learn more about the CPH exam from the National Board of Public Health Examiners.


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If you’re ready to kickstart your public health career, apply for the Advanced Certificate in Public Health today!