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About the Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Why Study Public Health at Cedarville?

The practice of public health seeks to improve the health and wellness of entire populations by preventing and managing diseases, injuries, and other health risks. If you have a heart for this important field, Cedarville University's online Graduate Certificate in Public Health will allow you to add a public health focus to any number of fields, including:

  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Social work
  • Business administration
  • Public administration

And many more — the possibilities are nearly endless!

You'll be equipped with the knowledge and expertise to offer real solutions to health problems and issues, environmental health, community development, and societal structure. And with biblically integrated course work and Christian professors, you will begin to see how your relationship with God directly influences the care and population-based solutions you provide.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Online and Accelerated

    All four courses are offered in an online format and can be completed in less than 1 year.
  • Affordable

    Cedarville's graduate programs offer competitive tuition rates that are among the lowest in Ohio. Plus, you'll pay no application fee!

Program Overview

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Highlights

Speed to Completion — Completed in just four seven-week online courses.

A public health certificate program will provide you with a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of public health. It covers topics such as epidemiology, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, healthcare systems, and policy development. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence population health and the strategies employed to promote health and prevent disease.

Value Added — This program has broad appeal and will add value to virtually any field of study. Complete the program in just four seven-week online courses.

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What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Public Health?

Add value to your degree in nursing, psychology, social work, public administration, and more, with a public health certificate. Here are just a few potential career paths you can pursue with a public health certificate:

  • Public Health Specialist: Work as a public health specialist in government agencies, non-profits, or healthcare institutions. In this role, you may be involved in developing and implementing public health programs, conducting research, analyzing health data, and coordinating health initiatives to improve community well-being.
  • Health Educator: As a health educator, you could design and deliver educational programs that promote healthy behaviors and prevent diseases. You might work in schools, community centers, or public health departments, creating campaigns, organizing workshops, and providing resources to educate individuals and communities about health-related topics.
  • Epidemiology Research Assistant: Yyou could work as a research assistant in epidemiology studies. Your responsibilities may include data collection, analysis, and assisting in research projects to understand disease trends, risk factors, and the effectiveness of public health interventions.
  • Public Health Policy Analyst: With a public health certificate, you can work as a health policy analyst, contributing to policy development and evaluation. You might work in government agencies, advocacy organizations, or research institutions. You could analyze policy implications, conduct research, and make recommendations to improve public health policies.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist: You could work in industries, businesses, or government agencies to ensure workplaces adhere to health and safety regulations. You would assess workplace hazards, develop safety protocols, and educate employees on preventing injuries and illnesses on the job.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development.

Graduate Certificate Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August, January, or May.

Program Curriculum

You will take four three-credit online courses to complete the certificate:

  • Epidemiology
  • Foundation of Global Public Health
  • Global Public Health Strategies
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Public Health

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Program Contacts

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Kim Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, PNP Area of Focus Coordinator


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Kelley Anderson

Graduate Enrollment Advisor for Business and Innovation
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Anne Russell, PhD, RN, CNS-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing


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Aimee Wallis

Graduate Enrollment Advisor


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