Apply to this certificate program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections below before you begin.
Certificate in Public Health Core
David Claborn, Program Director
McQueary Hall, Suite 112; Phone: 417-836-8850
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 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:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA.
- A statement of purpose describing why the student wants to obtain a graduate certificate.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation.
- 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.
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:
- Be admitted into the accelerated certificate.
- 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
|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|
|Choose one of the following:|
|PBH 775||Principles and Skills of Public Health Administration||3 hrs|
|PBH 756||Introduction to Public Health||3 hrs|