Public Health (Graduate Certificate)

Public Health (Graduate Certificate)

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Public health is a fast-growing field that works toward keeping our communities healthier and safer. A public health certificate (PHC) is an excellent opportunity to advance your career in healthcare or public health without having to commit to an entire degree program. The four required courses can be completed in two semesters, or you have up to three years to complete the certificate. Earning your certificate will advance your knowledge of public health within communities and populations as a whole. If you are working in public or community health but lack formal training, or are completing a master’s degree in another field that intersects with public health, earning a public health certificate will enhance your credentials and be a perfect addition to your resume.


The public health certificate (PHC) at UNH is offered on the UNH Manchester campus. Courses are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, catering to the working professional. With small classes, you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty from a range of public health practice settings, while also establishing a great network with your peers in the classroom. The UNH program provides a flexible curriculum which can be applied toward the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree as well. Content areas of the certificate include public healthcare systems and epidemiology, with the flexibility to select course electives that meet individual interests and needs.


  • Community health organizations
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Government agencies
  • Health data analysis
  • Health education
  • Healthcare policy
  • Hospitals
  • Managed care


Department of Health Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824-3563

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Curriculum & Requirements

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 two required courses and two elective courses 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 earn 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 may apply to the MPH. program. If admitted into the MPH program, the certificate credits will be applied to the MPH degree program.

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

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 must be taken at UNH. To earn the Public Health Certificate, a student must successfully complete the following 12­-credit curriculum consisting of following two required courses and two elective courses.

PHP 900Public Health Care Systems3
PHP 901Epidemiology3
Select two elective courses 16
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.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

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

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. 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.


Please note that this graduate program is not available to international applicants who are currently living outside of the U.S. as it does not meet the F-1 or J-1 visa requirements for a full-time program.

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