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  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

A graduate certificate in public health from MU can help you advance your career in promoting health, preventing disease and building readiness. 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, this may be the program for you. 

Potential careers:

  • Biostatistician 
  • Community health worker 
  • Health educator, economist or scientist 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Researcher 
  • Social and community service manager 

Course work covers:

  • Emergency preparedness 
  • Environmental health 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Principles of public health 
  • Public health promotion

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Personal data sheet.
  6. 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


  • Introductory Course (choose one)
  • P_HLTH 7150Principles of Public Health3 Credits

    This course provides an overview of public health, including concentration areas of public health systems, epidemiology, social and behavioral determinants of health, environmental health, and public health policy. Case studies from local, state, national and international public health issues are incorporated into each segment, culminating in a discussion of the future of public health.

  • 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.

  • Statistics (required)
  • 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.

  • Core public health content area (choose one)
  • P_HLTH 8150Human Health and the Environment3 Credits

    This graduate level course will address threats to public health related to environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors. Subjects will include environmental contamination and remediation, zoonotic disease food and water quality. This course will include recorded lectures with optional synchronous participation. Lectures will be recorded live and students will have the option to virtually attend live lecture, but this will not be required. Lecture recordings are archived for students to view at their convenience. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • 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 8920Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3 Credits

    (same as PSYCH 8920). This course will take both a theoretical and a practical approach to understanding health-related behavior and the field of public health. Students will gain an understanding of theory and empirical research in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as developing practical skills in critically evaluating research and in applying scientific evidence to address real world health concerns.

  • P_HLTH 8940Nursing and Health Policy3 Credits

    Designed to explore and critically evaluate the role of nursing and nurse leaders/scholars in health policy development and the organization and financing of health care in response to the health and social needs of the public.

  • HMI 8565Health Care Ethics3 Credits

    Explores ethics issues and controversies facing clinicians and healthcare administrators. Topics may include end-of-life care, imperiled newborns, maternal-fetal conflict, procreative liberty, genetic screening and enhancement, organ procurement and allocation, rationing, public health, workplace relationships, and conflicts of interest.

  • NURSE 8940 Nursing and Health Policy 3 Credits
  • P_HLTH 7750Physical Function and Older Adults

    (Same as Family and Community Medicine [F_C_MD] 7750, Architectural Studies [ARCHST] 7640, Health Management and Informatics [HMI] 7750, Human Development and Family Studies [H_D_FS] 7750, Public Health [P_HLTH] 7750, and Social Work [SOC_WK] 7752). This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and improving the physical function and independence of older adults and explores approaches to alleviate disabling conditions that interfere with physical function and quality of life in old age.

  • P_HLTH 7800Public Health Campaign Successes and Failures3 Credits

    Explains public health campaigns from assessing needs to planning and implementing interventions, as well as taking lessons learned from previous public health campaigns to create strategies that increase the likelihood of success and reduce the chance of failure. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 7850Mental Health Policy3 Credits

    This course is an introductory survey of the principles and practice of mental health policy, beginning with its early history and continuing to the present day. Topics will include the nature of mental illness, its incidence and prevalence, mental health stigma, policy concerns related to mental health finance, the process of policy making, involvement of mental health care consumers in the policy process, and mental health in health policy reform. The needs of special populations including the homeless, persons in the criminal justice system, ethnic/minority groups, persons living in rural areas and veterans will be examined as well as needs specific to children and the elderly. Students are also expected to understand mental health policy considerations related to current health care reform and ethical issues in the practice of mental health policy. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8260Emergency Preparedness3 Credits

    An overview of current national guidance and basic assessment of the current health care system level of readiness focusing on the critical role of the health care system for community, regional, state, and nationally based emergency preparedness efforts. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • SOC_WK 7400Domestic Violence3 Credits

    (same as WGST 7400; cross-leveled with SOC_WK 4400, WGST 4400). Covers history of the domestic violence movement, intimate partner violence theories and data, legislative and organizational policy issues, and intervention models for practice with individuals who have experienced domestic violence including co-occurring issues such as trauma.

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: $13.49
  • Total: $447.42
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1301.79
  • Fees: $40.47
  • Total: $1342.26
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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