Careers: Graduate Certificate in Public Health – Online

The field of public health promises exciting careers for professionals committed to making a difference in the health and well-being of people and their environments. Increasingly, today's complex health issues require public health education that applies behavioral, social and environmental sciences as well as policy and measurement to improve population health at local, national and global levels. 

An estimated 23 percent of the nation's public health workforce is eligible to retire within the next five years, increasing the demand for health professionals trained in public health. Grounded in core public health disciplines, our Graduate Certificate in Public Health will help you develop an interdisciplinary and systems-oriented approach to address public health challenges locally and in communities around the world. The certificate satisfies the education requirement for local public health administrators in Oregon.

Professionals working for organizations listed below can take this certificate to enhance their professional knowledge and skills:

  • State and county health departments
  • Health systems and health insurance companies
  • Domestic and international nonprofit organizations
  • Human service agencies
  • Military

Credits earned from courses in the graduate certificate may be applied toward a master's degree in public health.  If you are interested in enrolling in the MPH degree program you must be admitted to the program through the OSU Graduate School. For details regarding applying to the MPH degree program, please contact Suzanna Chase. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health or program courses does not guarantee admission to the MPH program. 


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