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Certificate in Public Health

The Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health is proud to offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program and the Certificate in Public Health. The training emphasizes the knowledge and skills of core public health fields and the integration and application of those fields to public health practice. The MPH will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in careers that bridge medicine and public health.

The certificate program is for students who wish to have an extra credential, but may not be ready to pursue a Master’s degree. Courses are available in-person or online, and the program can be completed with 15 credit hours.

Application Process

To apply for admission to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Certificate in Public Health program, applicants are required to complete the online application.  Deadlines for both international and domestic students are October 15 for Spring applicants, March 1 for Summer applicants, and June 1 for Fall applicants. Applications for the Certificate Program are done through the BioRaider Application Portal.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • The applicant's undergraduate record including grade point average (based on a 4.0 system).
  • Two letters of recommendation, which can be from former faculty or current employer.
  • A statement of purpose describing why the student is interested in the online certification.
  • A personal interview may be requested.

Course Requirements To Complete the Certification

  • Completion of 15 semester credit hours* of required coursework to introduce students to the knowledge and skills of the five core disciplines of public health
  • Certificate courses                                                                                            
    • GSPH 5304 Social & Behavioral Health Sciences:                                       This course focuses on the behavioral sciences and their influence on public health. As a core course, this is an overview. We will briefly cover many aspects of the behavioral sciences, including individual, community, organizational, and social impacts on health. We will focus on the ecological model of health and discuss social determinants of health.
    • GSPH 5307 Introduction to Epidemiology:                                                   This course will introduce students to basic Epidemiology as used in public health practice. Students will learn to describe, measure, and analyze public health problems. They will practice outbreak investigations and learn about epidemiologic research designs. 
    • GSPH 5309 Basic Environmental Health Sciences:                                          This course is an overview of the major areas of environmental health and provides students with an understanding of hazards in the environment, the effects of environmental contaminants on health, and various approaches to address major environmental health problems. Areas of emphasis are environmental epidemiology, toxicology, agents of environmental disease and policy and regulation.
    • GSPH 5310 Public Health Policy:                                                                         The course presents competencies surrounding public health policy formulation. The main focus will be on the policy issues in the U.S. health care system, but some global health will be explored. The course will include application of principles of policy formulation, development, budgeting, implementation, evaluation and analysis. An historical overview of seminal health policy events in U.S. history is also explored through competing stakeholder dynamics.
    • GSPH 5311 Introduction to Biostatistics:                                                           This course will introduce students to basic biostatistics as used in public health practice. Students will learn to describe, measure, and analyze public health problems. Prerequisite: Leveling exam required for all students registered for course
*If a student decides to pursue the MPH degree, the 15 credit hours can be transferred over into the MPH degree if the student meets all criteria, which includes taking the GRE exam. 
* Certificate students are ineligible for financial aid, since this is a non-degree granting program.

Questions regarding the Certificate should be directed to:

Lubbock Campus

Abilene Campus

John Baker
Student Affairs Advocate
3601 4th St., Stop 6206
Lubbock, TX  79430
T: 806.743.2556 

Patrick Lloyd
Associate Director of Student Services
1650 Pine Street, Office 1104
Abilene, TX  79601
T: 325.696.0413 

Important Information


Summer Deadline:
March 1

Fall Deadline:
June 1

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