Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$627 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Graduate Certificate in Public Health – Online


The online Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of a minimum of 18 graduate credits, focusing on key domains of public health. All of these courses are available online.

To earn the public health certificate, you must complete all required courses within seven years while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and receive individual course grades of a C or better. For curriculum details, please visit OSU's academic catalog. The time it takes to complete this certificate is dependent on your start term, courses you select and course availability.

Pathway to a Master of Public Health

It may possible to apply some of the credits you earn in this graduate certificate program toward Oregon State's online master's degree in public health. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health or program courses does not guarantee admission to the MPH program.

Required prerequisite courses (12 credits)

  • HHS 513 – Integrated Approach to Public Health I (6)
  • HHS 514 – Integrated Approach to Public Health II (6)

HHS 513 and HHS 514 are a course sequence and required prerequisites for some of the courses in the program. Visit the schedule of classes to view when these course sequences and other courses are offered and their prerequisites.

Elective courses (6 credits)

  • H 512 – Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (3)
  • H 518 – Public Health Ethics and Issues (3)
  • H 520 – Health Disparities (3)
  • H 524 – Introduction to Biostatistics (4) 
  • H 530 – Health Policy Analysis and Politics (3)
  • H 533 – Health Systems Organization (3)
  • H 536 – Healthcare Organization Leadership Theory and Behavior (3)
  • H 571Principles of Health Behavior (3)
  • H 575 - Evaluation of Health Promotion and Education Programs (3)
  • H 596 - Healthcare Epidemiology (3)
  • HHS 597 – Global Health Systems (3)

Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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