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Principles of Public Health (Z076)   

Program Title and Classification

Principles of Public Health

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Public Health


The University of Maryland School of Public Health offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Principles of Public Health administered by the Department of Health Services Administration.   This online 15 credit, five course program is designed to provide working professionals with a foundation in the core principles of public health including

1.  Foundations of Epidemiology
2.  Introduction to Health Systems
3.  Biostatistics
4.  Foundations of Environmental Health
5.  Health Behavior

The exceptional foundation in the Principles of Public Health will raise your career trajectory, increasing your

  • Marketable expertise
  • Professional flexibility and mobility
  • Core public health competencies
  • Career advancement readiness

You do not have to take leave time from work and can complete the certificate program in as little as eight months.  You will benefit from the flexibility and accessibility of on-line courses that fit in with your personal and professional responsibilities.  Easy to use web-based technology enables you to learn in an engaging, interactive environment.  Intensive advising/mentoring enhances your learning experience.

Instruction is delivered by University of Maryland School of Public Health faculty and experts from prominent public health organizations. The University of Maryland School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

For more information on the program, please visit our webpage at

Admissions Information

General Program and Admission Information for the Graduate Certificate in Principles of Public Health can be found here:

UMD cannot issue the immigration documents necessary for international students to study (F1 or J1 student visas) in this program. International students who currently reside in the U.S. on existing visas may apply. Eligible international students have additional requirements per the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Additional Requirements can be found here: and here:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Please visit the department website
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
Please visit the department website

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

15 credits required

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)


The Graduate Certificate in Principles of Public Health (GC-PPH) provides working professionals with a rigorous, multi-disciplinary foundation in the five core areas of public health, advancing understanding of the science of public health.


Contact Statement

Please see updated information on the program, faculty, deadlines and contacts, at the program's website



Negin Fouladi

Program Director

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: NA


Associated Information


Public Health, Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Health Services 


Public Health Practice and Policy (PHPP)