Public Health Certificate

Public Health Certificate

Public Health Certificate

Enhance your role in public or community health with a graduate certificate in public health

As part of the Master of Public Health Program's continuing education program, a public health certificate (PHC) is offered. The Public Health Certificate Program provides a vehicle for individuals working in public or community health positions with the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in public health. The Public Health Certificate is  completed on a part-­time basis over one calendar year. To earn the public health certificate, a student must successfully complete the 12­-credit curriculum consisting of  three required courses and one elective course. All courses (with the exception of workshops taken as part of PHP 996 Applied Topics in the Essentials of Public Health must be taken at UNH.

Grading Policy

For the purposes of determining academic standing, grades below the “B­-” level in graded courses are considered failing grades. The MPH program director will recommend dismissal of a student  to the Graduate School when a failing grade occurs in six or more credits, either in two courses or in one course taken twice.  Repeating a course does not remove the original failing grade from the record. Students must have a cumulative grade­ point average of 3.0 (B), or higher, in order to graduate. Students admitted on a conditional or provisional basis must meet the conditions or provisions as stated in the letter of admission in order to remain in the Graduate School.


To enter the certificate program, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree. Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Certificate program applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Students are expected to have experience in public health. Upon completion of the certificate program, students can apply to the M.P.H. program. If admitted into the M.P.H. program, the certificate credits will be applied to the M.P.H. degree program.

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

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Curriculum & Requirements

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 Applied Topics in the Essentials of Public Health) must be taken at UNH. 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 900Public Health Care Systems3
PHP 901Epidemiology3
PHP 996Applied Topics in the Essentials of Public Health 13
Select one elective course 23
Total Credits12


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

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a narrative which addresses five questions. Please submit an answer to each question separately in 250 words or less: Download Special Essay Questions.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements:

In addition, interviews with the Public Health Certificate administrator are encouraged.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

This program is normally not available to international applicants who are currently living outside of the U.S.