Why earn a graduate certificate in public health?

Application Deadlines
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Dec. 15
May 1

The Public Health certificate is designed for people who wish to obtain formal training in an aspect of public health, but do not want to earn the M.P.H. degree. These include those currently working in the public health and health care fields, as well as others.

Some students who complete the graduate certificate in general Public Health will be eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) examination. The CPH exam is the only national test for public health professionals. It is increasingly required for public health employment and advancement in public health organizations.

Three Areas of Emphasis

Students can earn the graduate certificate in Public Health in three areas of emphasis:

  • General Public Health (100% online format)
  • Population Health Research & Analytics (hybrid format, mix of online and on-campus courses)
  • Indigenous Health (100% online format)

Public Health Certificate at UND

  • Become eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam.

  • All credits from the certificate program can be transferred into the M.P.H. program.

  • Take courses online or on campus.

  • The Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Public Health Careers 


UND graduate employment rate in health-related careers



Credits needed to earn a graduate certificate


A graduate certificate in Public Health opens the door for a variety of different jobs. Popular employment areas in public health include:

  • Health policy analysis
  • Medical science
  • Public health administration
  • Public health education
  • Public health statistics

When You Earn a Certificate in Public Health

A Public Health certificate gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Grant Writing
  • Statistical Softwares
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Literature Reviews
  • Mircosoft Access

UND Public Health Alumni

Public Health alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Altru Health System
  • 2u, Inc.
  • Centura Health Corporation
  • District Health Department 10
  • Essentia Health

Public Health Courses


Leaders in Action

Alison Traynor received her online master’s degree in public health and is currently the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Director.