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Certificate in Public Health Sciences

Enrich your professional education

Whether social work, natural resources, medicine or law, public health is a profession which connects numerous disciplines all in pursuit of healthier and safer communities. If you share this interest but don't yet have a formal education in public health, consider enriching your professional background at the Colorado School of Public Health through the Certificate in Public Health Sciences. At our school, you can build on your existing experience and expertise with the training available through our certificate program.

The 15 credit hour Certificate in Public Health Sciences offers you the opportunity to enroll in graduate public health courses as a standalone program or as an entry point for the Master of Public Health.

The certificate is offered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Northern Colorado.  Required course topics are uniform across the two campuses, however, each course prefix and title will vary. 

Program Requirements:
Course Topic Credit Hours Anschutz Medical Campus UNC
Biostatistics 3 BIOS 6601 SRMS 6170
Epidemiology 3 EPID 6630 CHBH 6200
Foundations in Public Health 2 PUBH 6600 PUBH 6600
Electives* 7 Varies Varies
Total Program​ ​15

*The following courses are recommended electives for certificate students who plan to apply to the MPH program in the following concentrations: Community and Behavioral Health [CBHS 6611, CBHS 6612, BIOS 6603 or BIOS 6604], Health Systems, Management and Policy [HSMP 6603, HSMP 6604 (fall only)]. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Define, assess and report on the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness and factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention;
  • Identify and interpret appropriate data sources for investigating a health problem or issue;
  • Assess the scientific basis of public health and disease prevention programs;
  • Identify and apply the appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative methods used in prevention program development and evaluation; and
  • Understand basic epidemiologic and statistical methods used in the health care and public health literature.

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs, and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Analysis. 

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