The undergraduate certificate in public health encourages students to extend the breadth of their undergraduate education to include elements of public health. Students are encouraged to take courses from a variety of participating departments to develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of public health.

For more information, visit the Public Health Certificate Program website.


The certificate requirements include a minimum of 22 credit hours of coursework, including at least 9 upper-division credit hours. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours from other institutions will be accepted.

Required Courses and Credit Hours

Required Courses10
Foundations in Public Health
Introduction to Global Public Health
Introduction to Epidemiology
Required biology course:3
Biology and Society
General Biology 1
Introduction to Molecular Biology
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
At least one of the following courses in statistics:3-4
Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
Statistical Analysis in Business
Applied Data Analysis
Introduction to Statistics and Quantitative Thinking for Biologists
Biological Statistics
Introduction to Statistics with Computer Applications
Statistics and Geographic Data
Introduction to Statistics
Quantitative Research Methods
Psychological Science I: Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Data Science
Six credit hours of public health electives. At least one course (at least 3 credits) must be at the upper-division level, and at least one course (at least 3 credits) must be from outside of the student's major.6
Biomedicine and Health
Introduction to Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition
Infectious Disease
From Bench to Bedside: The Role of Science in Medicine
Hearing Loss Epidemiology
Global, Population and Environmental Health
Topics in Health Economics
Intermediate Environmental Problem Analysis: Topical Cornerstones
Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
International Development: Economics, Power, and Place
Population Geography
Health and Medical Geography
Special Topics in International Affairs
Global Development
Disabilities in Contemporary American Society
Global Human Ecology
Medical Humanities
Epidemic Disease in US History
Music and Global Health
Introduction to Medical Ethics
Spanish Health Professions
Gender, Sexuality and Global Health
Topics in Writing
Social, Cultural and Behavioral Health
Nutrition and Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Behavioral Genetics
Psychological Treatment: An Evidence-Based Approach
Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
Ethics and Social Issues in U.S. Health and Medicine
Social Epidemiology
Topics in Population and Health
Sociology of Death and Dying
Medical Sociology
Social Inequalities in Health
Suffering and Care in Society
Total Credit Hours22-23

Global Public Health is an unofficial track of the Public Health Certificate designed specifically for IAFS students.​ Students interested in pursuing the Global Public Health track of the Public Health Certificate can find additional information on the International Affairs Program website.