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Welcome to the Online Graduate Certificate in Public Health

This 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health is an exciting way to build a foundation in public health, expand your job opportunities, or enhance your current degree program. This online certificate program is specifically designed for the working professional that wants to increase their knowledge of public health, but cannot come to a university campus for courses. All courses (with qualifying grades) may be applied toward an online Master of Public Health degree at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. This program is ideal for:

  • Health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and veterinarians, who work in public health and would like to increase their expertise and develop confidence in their knowledge of these issues
  • Health professionals who wish to move into career positions in public health
  • Those interested in pursuing an MPH degree, but want to get a head start often find the certificate program a good first step

Dr. Sarah McKune, PhD

Welcome to the world of Public Health!  Through research, teaching, and service, we at the University of Florida are working to address the dynamic health challenges confronted by individuals and McKunesocieties around the world. Our Public Health programs are built by and made up of some of the leading researchers and practitioners in their fields.  From infectious disease to chronic disease; from domestic issues to global challenges; from microbiology of pathogens to policies that determine health services, we offer a range of programs that will appeal to your interests, challenge your thinking, and advance your career options.

This website contains a great deal of information about our online certificate program. If you don't find the information you need here, please contact us. We can be reached by email at or by phone at 1-866-62-UFMPH.

For information about our online MPH , campus MPH or certificate, PhD, and other program opportunities in public health, please go to our Public Health Programs website at

Welcome to the world of Public Health.  We hope to see you soon.

Dr. Sarah McKune, PhD, MPH
Director, Public Health Programs


The content of the online Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a program comprised of five (5) Public Health graduate level courses from the online MPH program. The program is conducted completely online via the UF eLearning course management system Canvas.  There are no campus visits required.   All five courses are offered within one calendar year so that participants can complete their coursework in a fairly short period of time, or take up to 3 years to complete. The online program is offered in the versions listed below.

Select one of the following certificates to view the description and curriculum

Now offering a Graduate Certificate in Public Health with a special emphasis in one of the following six areas. For more information about these certificates click on the link after each certificate below for a list of the curriculum.


Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree, in any major, from an accredited academic institution. International students must provide translated, certified transcripts and diplomas showing equivalency to the U.S. bachelor’s degree.  Please view the full admissions criteria here.

Credits cannot be transferred into the certificate program from other schools.

Completing the Graduate Certificate

The University of Florida Graduate School will issue a Graduate Certificate to students who complete this program and note the student’s transcript with this award.  Students must complete the certificate program under these guidelines:

  • Students must compete 5 certificate courses in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Students must complete all courses with a C or better
  • Students must complete the program with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Students must pass an open-book final exam demonstrating understanding of the 10 Essential Public Health Services

Note to student wishing to enter the MPH program: Upon acceptance into the UF MPH program, only courses with a B or better may be transferred into the MPH program for credits toward this degree.