Public Health Foundations

public health foundations


The Public Health Graduate Certificate with an emphasis in Public Health Foundations provides training in the five core areas of public health – this certificate is a great way to understand the basics of public health. It is comprised of the five core courses of Public Health: Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Management and Policy, and Social and Behavioral Health.

Successful completion of this certificate will be denoted on a student’s transcript by “Completed Graduate Certificate in Public Health.” A paper certificate with the same notation will be mailed to the students home 8-12 weeks after final grades are posted.

Features of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health

  • can be completed in 3-5 semesters
  • consists of 5 courses of 3 credits each
  • requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA and have no grades lower than a “C”
  • requires a final exam covering the 10 Essential Services of Public Health
  • courses in this certificate program may be transferred into the University of Florida’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program upon admission with a B or better grade, provided that the courses were completed less than 7 years prior.

Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam

Individuals who complete the five core classes (epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral sciences/health education, environmental health, health administration/policy) at a CEPH-accredited institution are eligible to sit for the CPH exam as long as they meet either of two additional eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum of three years of public health experience OR
  • Possession of a relevant graduate degree

Click here to learn more about the CPH eligibility requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Foundations includes all 5 Public Health Core Courses, which meets the academic criteria for CPH Exam eligibility.


Public Health Foundations Certificate Course Plan (option 1) Public Health Foundations Certificate Course Plan (option 2)

Applicants will choose their specific plan of study and course schedule when completing the departmental application. Course schedules are listed at

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

PHC 6001—Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Includes distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

PHC 6050—Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3)
Appropriate use of data summarization and presentation of basic statistical methods, including ANOVA, nonparametric methods, inference on discrete data, inference on survival data, and regression methods for continuous, binary, and survival data. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

PHC 6313—Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (3)
Survey of major topics of environmental health. Sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in environment. Effects of agents on disease, water quality, air quality, food safety, and land resources. Current legal framework, policies, and practices associated with environmental health and intended to improve public health. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

PHC 6410—Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health (3)
Health behavior from an ecological perspective; includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention across a variety of settings; incorporates behavioral science theory and methods. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

HSA 6114 – US Health Care Systems (3)
Definitions and distribution of health and illness, historical context for development of the US health care system, current organization of the health care system, ability of the system to meet population needs, policy environment that influences access to care, and trends that could impact the system in the future. Sample syllabi are available via the Course Descriptions and Syllabi page.

  • An admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health is not an admission to the UF Graduate School.
  • Credits from other universities cannot be transferred into this certificate program.

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