Public Health Certificate

Josephine Porter, MPH, Deputy Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP)

Part of the Master of Public Health Program's continuing education, the Public Health Certificate (PHC) program provides a vehicle for individuals working in public or community health positions, with no formal academic background in public health, the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in public health. The Public Health Certificate requires 12 credits (four three-credit courses) that can be completed over a one-year time period. Students have up to three (3) years to complete the certificate program. To enter the certificate program, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree.

Similar to the MPH program, the certificate program is only offered at the UNH Manchester campus. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Students completing the certificate program can apply to enter the MPH program. If accepted, certificate credits can be applied to the MPH degree program.

UNH's Public Health Certificate (PHC) program provides a unique and flexible curriculum structure when compared to most other PHC programs offered in the U.S. To earn the PHC, a student must successfully complete the following 12-credit curriculum consisting of following three required courses and one elective course. More about the Public Health Certificate program

View the MPH handbook

Program Contact

Ann-Marie Matteucci

Director, Master of Public Health Program

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall Admission: July 1
  • Spring Admission: December 1
  • Summer Admission: April 1

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Applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. Certificate program applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Students are expected to have experience in public health.

To apply for the certificate of public health, applicants must submit:

  • A completed UNH graduate certificate program application
  • Responses to five essay questions regarding their public health interests, goals, and beliefs
  • Official transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate education
  • Current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $25 application fee

Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the graduate certificate program.

Application Information

Certificate Requirements

The public health certificate is a 12-credit program that can be completed on a part-time basis over one calendar year. All courses (with the exception of workshops taken as part of PHP 996) must be taken at UNH.

Students completing the Public Health Certificate Program can apply to enter the M.P.H. program. If accepted, certificate credits can be applied to the M.P.H. program. To earn the public health certificate, a student must successfully complete the following 12-credit curriculum consisting of following three required courses and one elective course.

  • PHP 900, Public Health Care Systems, 3 cr.
  • PHP 901, Epidemiology, 3 cr. 
  • PHP 996, Applied Topics in the Essentials of Public Health, 3 cr. (This course has a unique structure that allows students to tailor their learning experience about the Ten Essential Services of Public Health to their professional goals and interests. To learn more about this course design, please consult the Public Health Certificate Section of the M.P.H. Student Handbook.)
  • One elective, 3 cr. (Students can take any M.P.H. course as long as any prerequisites have been met. For a complete listing of M.P.H. courses offered, see the M.P.H. Student Handbook.)

Courses are subject to change. Please view the UNH Graduate School catalog for the most up to date information.

The Public Health Certification requires the completion of 12 credit hours.

Graduate certificate program tuition rates are charged per credit hour

2018/2019 Tuition*
  Per Credit Per 3-Credit Course

NH Resident

$770 $2,310


$845 $2,535
  Per Semester
Manchester security/parking fee $20.00
Registration Fee $20.00
Technology fee 1-4 credits $25.00
Technology fee 5-8 credits $50.25
Technology fee 9-16 credits $100.50
  • Mandatory fees are not charged for students registered for 4 credits or fewer. However, those students will be charged a technology fee of $25.00 per term.

More Information

For more information about tuition and fees, visit the UNH Graduate School Manchester campus for tuition information.