From government and health care to business and education, public health plays a critical role in almost every sector.

Professionals who can speak the language of public health are essential for bridging knowledge gaps and collaborating with other organizations, allowing for thoughtful policymaking and safer infrastructure that moves our society forward. 

You can be the link that helps reshape your community through communication and knowledge sharing. With a Certificate in Public Health from Augusta University Online, you’ll learn the core tenets of public health and how to apply them in your role. Our field-tested faculty, all of whom teach in our Master of Public Health program, ensure that you receive a high-quality, relevant education that empowers you to build healthier, more resilient communities.

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What You’ll Learn

Our online Certificate in Public Health comprises five core courses from our MPH program. You’ll sit alongside master’s candidates while you gain a comprehensive foundation in key areas such as:

  • Health management and policy
  • Fundamentals of health promotion
  • Environmental health
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology 


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Who Is the Certificate in Public Health Made For?

While public health is a technical field, its applications are broad. Individuals across industries can increase their influence by acquiring public health knowledge and applying it to enhance their current skill set. This certificate is ideal for professionals who are looking to develop an initial foundational understanding of public health and don’t want the time commitment or level of specialization that comes with an MPH degree. It’s a great fit for:

  • Medical doctors
  • Nurses and physician assistants
  • State health department employees
  • Public administrators
  • Data professionals
  • Public works managers
  • Environmental consultants
  • Budget analysts
  • Transportation directors
  • Nonprofit managers 

What Sets Our Public Health Certificate Apart

Practical Learning

Real-world learning experiences help you put what you learn into situations you face every day.

Built for Busy Professionals

Complete coursework at your own pace alongside peers and faculty who are also working in their field. 

Small Class Sizes

Low student-to-faculty ratios give you the opportunity to meaningfully collaborate with fellow students.


Individual attention from faculty allows you to tailor your learning toward your unique interests.

Continue to a Master’s Degree

For individuals who wish to continue their education, coursework for the Certificate in Public Health counts toward completion of our Master in Public Health program — allowing for a streamlined and seamless transition to a graduate degree in the field.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the online Certificate in Public Health, the following items must be submitted along with your application:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent)
  • 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Three letters of recommendation

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About Augusta University Online

Augusta University Online brings the tight-knit community experience and research opportunities found on campus to students across the country. Small class sizes, engaged professors, strong relationships with a multitude of professional organizations and valuable input from subject matter experts across industries allow our graduate degrees to provide students with individualized attention and practical, real-world skills. One of the country’s top universities for improving economic outcomes for low- and moderate-income graduates, Augusta University Online gives students a truly transformative degree experience that allows them to make a profound impact on their lives. 

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