Graduate Certificate in Public Health (online)

 Contributing to the health of Oregonians and beyond by ensuring an adequately prepared public health workforce. 

OMPH Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) is entirely online, and is jointly governed by the Oregon Master of Public Health and the OHSU School of Nursing. The GCPH program content is designed to enhance the preparation of public health professionals not currently prepared in a public health academic specialty, and provide a broad introduction to public health for students. The GCPH is open to applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. 

There is an identified urgent and ongoing need for suitable public health preparation in the current workforce. The GCPH will provide you an exceptional foundation that will enhance your:

  • Marketable public health expertise
  • Professional flexibility and mobility
  • Core public health competencies

Upon completion of the GCPH, students will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to public health practice that includes the ability to:

  • Use principles of statistical inference for critical reading and interpretation of reports of statistical analysis and of public health problems;
  • Apply epidemiologic methods to identify patterns of disease and injury;
  • Analyze the environmental and occupational impacts on the health of a population;
  • Identify and analyze major issues in health services and systems associated with the delivery, quality and costs of health care;
  • Communicate theoretical principles, constructs, and models used to understand and affect the behavioral aspects of health.

GCPH Program of Study

The GCPH requires 20-21 quarter credit hours of study which can be pursued on a part-time basis. The courses within this program provide opportunities for learning about epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental health, health care systems and health behavior, ethics and systems thinking in public health or program evaluation. The GCPH Curriculum includes:

Introduction to Biostatistics
Epidemiology I
Principles of Health Behavior
Concepts of Environmental & Occupational Health
Health Systems Organization
Professionalism, Ethics & Systems Thinking in Public Health or Public Health 
Program Evaluation 

Students successfully completing the GCPH will be eligible to apply for matriculation into any track within the Oregon MPH Program and, if accepted, will have the 20-21 credits of coursework applied to their MPH program.


  • Bachelor degree in any subject from a regionally accredited institution (nursing or medical degree not required)
  • No previous public health experienced required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Your application to the GCPH program will require three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose (required essay question).
  • GRE or standardized test scores not required
    • However, GRE test scores are required for students who go on to apply to an MPH track in the Oregon MPH program.
    • Students interested in enrolling in any of the MPH granting tracks of the OMPH program must apply and be admitted. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health or program courses does not guarantee admission to the MPH degree program.

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