Certificate in Public Health and Health Services




Certificate programs demonstrate professional competency for specific skills in a shorter time frame than a traditional undergraduate degree. A professional certificate may:   

      • Enhance expertise   
      • Increase professional opportunities
      • Build reputation   
      • Increase ability to deliver high-quality work.   

The Public Health and Health Services Certificate provides the student with an exploration and understanding of community and public health systems and issues. Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in approximately 5 months or two terms.  


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Program Goals


A professional certificate program should be completed with the following goals to enhance expertise, significantly increase earning power, reputation, and the ability to deliver high-quality work.  


Students are provided with the opportunity to sharpen their skills and knowledge in the field of Public Health and Health Services. Courses for the Public Health and Health Services Certificate will focus on the following:  

  • Explore how health and fitness is impacted by environmental factors, social environment, behavior and biology.    
  • Identify social inequalities that affect health. 
  • Investigate Public Health programming and the role of the State in the health care system. 
  • Examine health education as a multi-dimensional concept that highlights health systems, health structures, community health, and health management as a whole 


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Program Requirements


The Certificate in Public Health and Health Services program requires:

  • The completion of required 12 credits, and all courses listed for the course requirements for the specific program.  
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople. 
  • Earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken. 
  • Complete all required exams.  

Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in under a year.    


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Individual courses are the building blocks of each certificate program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained to enhance career skills and knowledge.    


The Certificate in Public Health and Health Services is a 4-course program demonstrating competence in the public health and health services for people in the healthcare field.  


To view the list of courses in the Public Health and Health Services certificate, click here.


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Admission Requirements


If you would like to earn a non-degree certificate you must first take the usual steps to apply, including meeting basic admission requirements.

To meet admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Have English proficiency

To apply for admissions consideration to UoPeople, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a $60 non-refundable Application Fee.


Non-Native English Speakers    

UoPeople’s online programs are American accredited and are taught in English. Therefore, non-native English speakers must demonstrate that they have a strong level of proficiency in English before beginning their program at UoPeople. Read more here.


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Credits earned during certificate studies can be transferred within UoPeople if a student is later accepted into a degree-seeking program.


The transferability of credits you earn at University of the People is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.


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The field of Health Science is one of the fastest growing fields of study, drawing on information from multiple disciplines such as medicine, social sciences, epidemiology, law, economics and public policy. To succeed in today’s evolving world and workplace, it’s necessary to have a broad range of tools and skills at your disposal to further advance your career expertise.    


Students looking to sharpen and enhance their expertise in the field of Public Health and Health Services will explore areas related to health education, community health, and environmental health. Students will also receive vital practical skills to incorporate into their careers.  


Those who earn a Public Health and Health Services Certificate may go on to advance their careers in hospital administration, public health research, public policy and environmental advocacy. They can also find work in the private sector offering their expertise as health and environmental consultants for businesses. They may also continue to further their studies in the public health fields. 


Explore the many career opportunities available to you after earning your certificate here.


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UoPeople is able to offer our students an online degree tuition-free because of our unique model of online higher education. Our minimal processing fees help to maintain our tuition-free online degree structure—allowing all qualified students to receive their online degree without educational instruction expenses, course material or annual enrollment fees. We ask for a non-refundable application fee of $60, and an assessment fee of $200 to be paid by the end of each course.


The estimated total fees for the Certificate in Public Health and Health Services are $860. 


For more details on cancellation and refund policies, click here.


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Technology Requirements

To complete a certificate at University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. Most of the learning materials that students will be dealing with in their UoPeople courses are compatible with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Office. Read here to find out more. 


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1. Why earn a Certificate in Public Health and Health Services?  

The UoPeople undergraduate certificate in Public Health and Health Services is an excellent choice for working adults who want to learn more about community and public health issues online. Perhaps you are interested in a career in healthcare or public policy, or want to prove to your employer that you have a specific expertise in public health issues. The undergraduate certificate in Public Health and Health Services can also be completed  more quickly than a full degree program, making it an excellent option for those who don’t want to spend years working toward an undergraduate degree.



2. How long will it take to earn my Certificate in Public Health and Health Services? 

The Certificate in Public Health and Health Services requires the completion of four 3-credit courses.  Students can take two courses per term, which means the certificate can be completed in as little as two terms, or approximately four months. Of course, students can choose to take a single course per term, in which case the certificate would be complete in four terms, or approximately nine months.



3. What kinds of assignments will I complete to earn my Certificate in Public Health and Health Services? 

Each course will have its own unique assignments. In general, students can expect a mix of writing assignments, discussion board posts, exams, and projects. Expect to spend about 15 hours per week on each course to complete readings, research, writing, and study. 



To find out more about our certificate programs, click here.


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