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Certificate in Public Health Sciences

Available at CU Anschutz, CSU & UNC*

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 all three of our locations: the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University.  Required course topics are uniform across the three campuses; however, each course prefix and title will vary. 

​*UNC offers evening classes


Program Requirements
CU Anschutz ​Course # UNC ​Course #​ ​CSU Course # Course Topic Credit Hours
​BIOS 6601 ​CHBH 6120 ​PBHC 5600 ​ Biostatistics 3
​EPID 6630 ​CHBH 6200 ​PBHC 5700  Epidemiology 3
​PUBH 6600 ​PUBH 6600 ​PBHC 5160 ​ Foundations in Public Health 2
​Various ​Various ​Various Electives* 7
​​​ Total Program​ ​15

The following courses are recommended electives for certificate students who plan to apply to the MPH program in the following concentrations: 
  • ​MPH - Community and Behavioral Health [CBHS 6611, CBHS 6612]
  • MPH - Health Systems, Management and Policy [HSMP 6604 ]

 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. 

 Admissions Requirements

​Review the admissions requirements here​. Ready to apply? Visit SOPHAS Express​ to submit your application.​​3

 Contact Us

​Admissions Contact: 
Colorado School of Public Health 
303.724.4613 (p) 

Office & Hours: 
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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