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Certificate in Public Health (Online)

The Online graduate Certificate in Public Health (16 credits) includes the core courses in the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited  Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered by the Department of Population Health Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  A  Certificate in Public Health will be helpful to non-degree seeking students who have completed an undergraduate degree and want to demonstrate competence in public health. Also, the Certificate in Public Health will provide the content background for those professionals desiring to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.  

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Certificate in Public Health Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate School and completing a Graduate Certificate Application are required for both degree- and non-degree seeking students. 

Non-degree seeking applicants:

A qualified person who wishes to enter Virginia Tech to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate status. Such applicants submit an Application for Admission and a Graduate Certificate Application, and must meet the following criteria:

·      GPA of 3.0 for admission for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree*

·      official transcripts must be submitted.

Degree-seeking applicants:

The Graduate School requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better for admission to Certificate Status.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA < 3.0 may qualify for Commonwealth Campus admission.  Students pursuing a degree and a certificate simultaneously are classified within their degree program.  Certificate credits may be used to meet degree requirements if they are appropriate for inclusion on the degree Plan of Study. 

·      academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit.

·      International applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (PBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, subscores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission. Some departments have higher TOEFL or IELTS score requirements than those set by the Graduate School. 

Certificate in Public Health Requirements

Requirements: Completion the following 16 credits. Transfer credits are not permitted.


PHS 5004 – Foundations of Public Health (1 credit)

PHS 5014 – Environmental Health (3 credits)

PHS 5025 – Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health I (3 credits)

PHS 5026 – Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health II (3 credits)

PHS 5034 – Health Behavior and Health Education (3 credits)

PHS 5044 – Public Health Administration (3 credits)

(CIP 51.2201)