Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I get a Certificate in Public Health Preparedness?

The public health preparedness certificate prepares public health professionals and others to prepare and respond to public health emergencies including infectious disease outbreaks and emerging public health issues. This opportunity enhances students’ knowledge and skills in their current work and provides networking opportunities.

Who is eligible for the program?

This certificate is designed for working professionals in health and human services who have a baccalaureate degree or higher.

How long does the program take?

The certificate must be completed within five years of matriculation. The courses are completed online and/or at the Public Health Institute, which is held annually for three weeks during the end of May and beginning of June.  The minimum time to complete the certificate is 13 months.

Can I transfer credits from the certificate to a degree program at the School of Public Health?

Credits acquired while taking the required curriculum in the public health preparedness certificate can be credited to a master’s of public health degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Is financial aid available?

No. Students accepted into this certificate program are not eligible to apply for financial aid.

Are Scholarships available?

Limited scholarships may be available to certificate students, but the availability of funds varies from year to year.

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