Why should I get a Public Health Certificate in Core Concepts (PHCert-CC)?
The certificate program offers an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to understand, assess, and manage population health in public health, health care, and human services settings.

Who is eligible for the program?
The certificate program is designed for working professionals in health or human services who have at least a baccalaureate degree.

How long does the program take?
The PHCert-CC must be completed within four years of matriculation. It can be completed in two years by taking one course per term. Most people complete the certificate in one to two years.

Can I transfer credits from the certificate to a degree program at the School of Public Health?
All credits taken for the certificate are graduate level and are eligible for transfer consideration. Students generally transfer all of their certificate into an MPH if they are later admitted to one.

However, Masters programs have the final authority to decide which courses apply to their degrees. Some programs may require students to satisfy a core competency with a course that is not part of the standard Core Concepts curriculum. Staff can help certificate students select appropriate transferable courses to satisfy curriculum requirements and to meet their long term goals. All students who wish to transfer into an MPH are advised to contact the Program Coordinator in their desired MPH for planning purposes.

How do I apply to a MS or MPH after starting the certificate?
Certificate students can apply through SOPHAS to another degree program in the SPH if they meet the minimum requirements of the program. Applicants who have completed the Core Concepts certificate with a GPA of 3.25 do not have to supply GRE test scores for the Executive Program in Public Health Practice MPH or the Environmental Health MPH.

Are the courses offered online?
All six standard PHCert-CC courses are available online and/or in-person. Students may take all, some, or none of their courses in the online format.

How much does the certificate cost?
The total cost varies depending on how many credits you take per term, your residency status, your health insurance coverage, and other similar factors.

Tuition for Regent’s certificates are assessed at the same rate as MPH programs. For more information please see SPH Tuition & Fees.

Is financial aid available?
No, students accepted to the PHCert-CC are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Are scholarships available?
Limited scholarships may be available.

What is the CPH exam?
The CPH designation demonstrates that you have completed courses from a CEPH-accredited school and have mastered foundational competencies in public health. CPH professionals raise the bar and enhance the public health profession through their exemplary academic and leadership skills.

Why take the CPH exam?

  • Stay current on best practices and education through the user-friendly maintenance of certification program
  • Assure the community that you serve/protect that you met and maintain a national, professional standard
  • Increase recognition of the public health professions
  • Measures and improves the competency and consistency of public health workers everywhere.

When is the CPH exam offered?
The exam is offered during the months of February, June, and October.
For complete information go to the CPH Certificate website.

Where is the CPH exam given?
The CPH are delivered at Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Testing Centers through the U.S. and at select international locations.

Where can I get more information?
Please visit the CPH Certificate website

If I am admitted, do I need to complete the Academic Health Science Immunizations requirements?

Required Vaccinations: All Students

Minnesota law* requires all students born after December 31, 1956, enrolled in a Minnesota college or university to be immunized against the following:

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus—Td (dose within the past 10 years)
  • Measles—rubeola, red measles (2 doses after age 12 months)
  • Mumps—(2 doses after age 12 months)
  • Rubella—German measles (2 doses after age 12 months)

* If you graduated from a Minnesota high school after 1996 or attended a Minnesota post-secondary school you are exempt from the above requirements.

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