New for the 2014-15 academic year, graduate certificates give students an avenue to earn additional skills to supplement their degree concentration the MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM, or MHA degree programs. The initial 11 graduate certificates are open to students currently enrolled* in an SPHTM professional master’s degree program. Graduate certificates allow for a second area of study and have become a popular method for students to add value to their education. However, graduate certificates are not a degree program.
Forms to indicate your intention to add a certificate program to your academic studies are included on each of the certificate pages, along with instructions for completion. See below for important considerations for students considering a certificate program.
Important considerations for students considering a certificate program
Graduate certificates require 14-16 credits for completion. The total credits needed for the completion of a master’s degree and a supplemental graduate certificate will likely exceed the 42-45 credits required for the master’s degree alone. Students may apply certificate requirements as open elective courses toward the 42-45 credits required for master’s degrees; however, no course may be counted as a required course for both a concentration/degree program and a graduate certificate.
The graduate certificates allow for a second area of focus and promote interdisciplinary study. Most graduate certificates are designed as a second area for students outside the student’s home department or degree program. Students who are eligible and opt to pursue a certificate within their home department must ensure that requirements for the degree and the certificate do not overlap. Credit for the certificate will not be granted in circumstances where coursework overlaps. Two certificates (Clinical and Translational Research and Genetic Epidemiology) are geared to students with designated backgrounds. Click on individual certificate programs above to learn more.
*Financial aid can be provided only to students who are pursuing a degree program. Students are eligible for financial aid for a certificate program only if they are currently enrolled in a degree program. They are not eligible once they have completed their graduate program and a master’s degree has been awarded.