Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a graduate certificate in Public Health for students who wish to learn more about the public health field and how it differs from clinical medicine. This program would be beneficial for public health practitioners and other individuals in related fields. Students will focus on disease prevention and health promotion in populations. Those within the College of Human Sciences are committed to helping students become knowledgeable in their chosen field of scientific study both in and out of the classroom. This college looks for opportunities for students to apply their academic understanding within community health organizations and systems throughout the health care community. This provides a network consisting of health services, research, and education.

The courses students will take in this class are Introduction to Public Health, Biostatistics for Public Health, Epidemiology for Public Health, Public Health Administration, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, and Environmental Factors of Health. These six classes total the 18 credit hours required to complete this program.

Students will explore topics such as health education, environmental monitoring, control of communicable diseases, and implementing sanitary measures. The public health disciplines that would utilize information from this degree would be epidemiology, biostatistics, behavior and social sciences, environmental health sciences, and health policy and management.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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