Public Health and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

Preparing for emergencies in public health

Get public health training focused on issues in national security.

Explore the best approaches to natural and man-made health crises.

Bring emergency preparedness to your career.

This certificate is being discontinued

The public health and homeland security graduate certificate is being discontinued and no longer accepting applicants.

Certificate in Public Health and Homeland Security

David Claborn, Program Director
McQueary Hall, Suite 112; Phone: 417-836-8850

Program description

Designed for students who do not need or desire a graduate degree in public health, but for various reasons may need a level of education provided by a limited number of graduate courses.

Admission requirements

Admission to the certificate program is separate from admission to the Master of Public Health program; however students can acquire one certificate while in the process of completing the MPH. For those seeking admission only to the certificate, the following are required:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university.
  2. Minimum 2.75 GPA.
  3. A statement of purpose describing why the student wants to obtain a graduate certificate.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  5. For international students, a current TOEFL or IELTS score.

Admission to the graduate certificate program does not guarantee admission to the Master of Public Health program. All coursework toward the certificate must have been taken after January 1, 2013. International students must meet all requirements stipulated by International Services. Courses without the PBH prefix may not be accepted for credit.

Accelerated option

Eligible Missouri State University students may apply for acceptance into an accelerated option in public health & healthcare administration. This option offers students with an interest in public health the opportunity to complete the requirements for the public health graduate certificate in less time than would otherwise be possible. Once accepted for early admission to the certificate program, students will be able to take up to 12 credit hours at the 600- or 700-level that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs.

Requirements include completion of at least 60 undergraduate hours in a declared major with an overall GPA of 3.00 and a GPA of at least 3.00 within the declared major.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply both to the student’s undergraduate program and the certificate, the undergraduate student must:

  1. Be admitted into the accelerated certificate.
  2. Receive prior approval from the student’s undergraduate academic advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, the MPH program director, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form.

If the student is accepted into the accelerated certificate the program, and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course(s). See the “Graduate College” section for further information.

Course requirements - 15 hrs

The certificate in Public Health and Homeland Security can be completed entirely online though PBH 771, PLS 772 and PLS 773 are not offered online and some other courses are offered online in alternating years.

Choose 3 courses from list below:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PBH 720 Epidemiology 3 hrs
PBH 730 Biostatistics for Health Sciences 3 hrs
PBH 740 Health Behavior 3 hrs
PBH 745 Environmental Health 3 hrs
PBH 775 Principles and Skills of Public Health Administration 3 hrs
PBH 781 Public Health Preparedness 3 hrs
Choose 2 courses from list below:
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PLS 717 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security 3 hrs
PLS 719 Strategic Planning & Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Security 3 hrs
PLS 772 Introduction to Public Safety 3 hrs
PLS 773 Hazard Analysis, Mitigation & Preparedness 3 hrs
CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Defense & Security 3 hrs
CRM 745 Topics in Homeland Defense & Security 3 hrs