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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes

Total Credit Hours:  15

Certificate description: The certificate in public health communication prepares recent college graduates, mid-career professionals in public health and journalism fields to effectively communicate scientific evidence for public health policies and interventions with lay and professional audiences. Graduates will be prepared to work in health education, hospital public relations, governmental public health administration, non-profit organizations and a variety of other settings. The objective of the certificate are to equip students with a) The principles of public health knowledge, b) The foundations of social and behavioral science in public health; c) Understanding and skills related to public health in news and reporting and audience engagement. The certificate consists of 15 credit hours, including three core courses and two elective courses. Students could finish the program in a year by taking two courses in two semesters and one in the other. Students may apply the course from the certificate to an MPH degree.

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Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: May 1st
  • Spring Semester: September 1st
  • Summer Semester: March 1st

Note: The graduate admissions committee will begin reviewing applications within 1 week of the application deadline.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Public Health Communication Program

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal data sheet (built into the Graduate School online application)