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A graduate certificate in public health from MU can help you understand the global dimensions of public health issues and strengthen your ability to work effectively with culturally diverse communities. If you are a public health professional looking to expand your core knowledge or a professional in another area exploring the world of public health, let this certificate program advance your career.

Course work covers:

  • Contemporary global health issues, programs, best practices, and stakeholders and constituents 
  • Individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for community-based global health interventions 
  • Cultural competency and skills related to populations such as refugees, immigrants and migrant workers 
  • Diversity and cultural competency in the development and implementation of public health interventions in domestic and international settings 
  • Designing and evaluating public health programs in developing countries

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Prior international health experience or intent to complete the requirement during the program.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. If your GPA is below 3.0, you must have at least two years of work experience in public health, health care or a related field.
  4. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  5. Evidence of prior experience in international public health and an essay on key learning of the experience (3–5 pages).
  6. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  7. Résumé or CV. Please explain any significant gaps in educational or work experience.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts international students only in fall; apply by May 1.

Application Deadlines

June 1
October 1
April 1


  • P_HLTH 7160Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health3 Credits

    This course is designed for those interested in health issues from a global perspective. It explores contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective. This course will follow a lecture and case study discussion format. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Department consent required.

  • P_HLTH 8420Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the course epidemiological concepts and methods as grounded in the essential services of public health. The focus of the course is on developing critical thinking skills and providing a foundation in applied epidemilogic competencies. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F only. Prerequisites: graduate level statistics; instructor's consent.

  • P_HLTH 8953Evaluating Global Public Health Programs3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare students to evaluate global public health programs, preferably in developing countries. Students will identify a global public health issue, find one or more global health intervention or prevention programs, evaluate the programs using principles of evaluation research methods, and suggest implications for global public health promotion. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 7952 or P_HLTH 8420.

  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.

  • PUB_AF 8630Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context3 Credits

    Examines changing organizations in their task environments, which include communities and the global economy. The phenomenon of ambiguous boundaries between public and private as well as nonprofit sectors will be investigated as these profound changes impact organizational behavior. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8001Topics in Public Health: Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases3 Credits

    Selected topics of interest related to Public Health.

  • P_HLTH 8251Immigrant Health3 Credits

    Public health professions have considerable interest in understanding the unique health concerns of immigrants, in order to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life in this specific population and in the population as a whole. This course will be based on readings in the peer-reviewed literature, discussion in a seminar format, community visits and observations/interviews, and guest speakers on topics of importance when considering issues of public health particular to immigrant communities. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

  • P_HLTH 8620Emerging Zoonoses Diseases3 Credits

    This course will enhance student understanding of epidemiology and ecology as it relates to emerging and established zoonotic diseases. Risk factors for the emergence of and mechanisms for control and prevention of zoonotic diseases will be discussed. Course will involve individual and group assignments, use of discussion board, and several blackboard collaborate sessions. Blackboard collaborate sessions (time is TBA) will be held throughout the semester as an introduction to course modules and for help sessions. Students must have audio capability (microphone and speakers) for the course. Built in microphones and speakers work nicely, an inexpensive headset helps screen out background noise. If your computer does not have a build in microphone, an inexpensive one can be purchased at an electronics/computer store. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 8420 or V_PBIO 8455 and P_HLTH 8150.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $433.93
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $447.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1301.79
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1343.10
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $433.93
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $447.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1301.79
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1343.10
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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