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Format: Online, In-Class

This 17-hour certificate program is ideal for individuals interested in exploring the field of public health or expanding their foundational knowledge and applied skills. This certificate is built around the Evidence-Based Public Health framework, providing students with skills in community assessment, quantitative methods, program and policy development and evaluation, as well as public health management and leadership. Students also select one elective course to customize their training. This certificate can be used as part of UAB’s new interdisciplinary master’s degree program. Application deadlines for this certificate follow the UAB Graduate School’s application deadlines for Degree-Seeking Students.

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Currently enrolled UAB graduate students should apply by submitting the change of program form.

Applicants not currently enrolled at UAB should apply by completing an application through the UAB Graduate School.

How to Apply

To apply for this certificate, you will submit a supplemental application directly through the UAB Graduate School.

Admissions requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Statement of purpose

Undergraduate students in any major are eligible to apply to the Public Health graduate certificate. An application must be submitted to the UAB Graduate School. To be considered for the certificate, students must have:

  • At least a 3.5 GPA in undergraduate courses
  • Completed 60 undergraduate credit hours, and at least 36 hours at UAB.

Once admitted to the certificate, undergraduate students must meet the following:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA in undergraduate courses
  • Receive a B or better in graduate courses taken while still an undergraduate student
  • Maintain full-time student status at UAB

For students in the certificate program who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree, this certificate can be awarded once all requirements are completed and a bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

Certificate students may apply for the MPH or other degree programs within the UAB School of Public Health and if admitted, the courses taken will be counted towards the completion of the degree program.


For additional information concerning the Public Health Certificate, contact the School of Public Health at soph@uab.edu.

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