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Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice

Public Health - Graduate Certificate - College of Nursing and Health Innovation

About the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice

Thank you for your interest in UTA’s Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice (GCPHP) program! We offer an exceptional program that will prepare you to be a public health leader. Students who earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice at University of Texas at Arlington will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and apply skills to solve problems in the five core areas of public health:

  • Biostatistics: Use fundamental biostatistics skills to analyze data.
  • Epidemiology: Apply principles of epidemiology to research design, program assessment, disease surveillance and prevention within specified populations.
  • Social and Behavioral Population Health: Identify models to promote behavioral and social changes to improve the health of a population.
  • Health Policy and Administration: Understand the role of health policy and management in cost, quality and access to health care.
  • Environmental Health Sciences: Identify ways in which the environment influences the health of populations.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice may be the boost you need to pursue new opportunities in the field of public health, to prepare for a Master’s program, or to simply broaden your knowledge of issues that affect our entire community.

Want to learn more? Contact the program through our interest form (click or tap here), or email Dr. Erin Carlson directly to set up a meeting, tour, phone appointment, or video chat. Ready to apply? Click or tap here for the How to Apply section. We hope to hear from you soon!

Erin Carlson, DrPH, MPH
Director and Advisor, Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice

Contact Us

Graduate Public Health Contact Form: Click or Tap Here

Program Summary


All questions about coursework, program requirements, and registration issues should be directed via email to Dr. Erin Carlson.

About the Program

The curriculum is comprised of five three-hour required courses, distributed among the five public health competency domains defined by the Council on Education for Public Health. Each course is offered in an online/on-campus hybrid format: the majority of coursework occurs online, complemented with several on-campus sessions. The hybrid format allows convenience for working professionals, while still offering the benefits of networking, team-based learning, and face-to-face interaction with instructors afforded by the on-campus sessions.

Through completing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice (GCPHP), students will:

  1. Gain graduate-level introductory knowledge and accompanying foundational skill sets in the five core public health disciplines:  Biostatistics, epidemiology, health systems and policy, environmental health, and social and behavioral health.
  2. Be prepared to apply fundamental skills from each of the five core public health disciplines to complement current job skills, or gain new public health knowledge and career opportunities.
  3. Be equipped to execute skills to assess, implement interventions, and evaluate the health of a population within their organizations or communities.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Before applying, students should be aware that a 3.0 GPA is required.

International Students: Before applying, International students must consult with an International Admissions Counselor and the Office of Financial Aid regarding whether financial aid may apply for a certificate program. It is very important to understand if your visa requires full-time enrollment before attempting to apply to the GCPHP program, as the GCPHP is offered as a part-time program to help accommodate the schedules of working professionals. International students who hold a visa that does not require full-time enrollment may be eligible to apply for the Certificate.

GCPHP Courses as Electives: All students are welcome to take certificate courses as electives, however, please consult with your Academic Advisor to understand how these electives would apply to your degree plan.

Submitting your Application

Apply through

Please select “Public Health Certificate” in the “Major” dropdown list. Please be aware that the list is not in alphabetical order. The “Public Health Certificate” is located in the Nursing majors toward the end of the dropdown box.

Application Deadlines

The GCPHP program reviews applications for admission three times per year. Prospective students may apply for a spring, summer or fall Certificate program start. Please apply according to the following deadlines:

Desired start month/semester

Application deadline for desired start

January/spring semester

September 15

June/summer semester

March 15

August/fall semester

June 15

Public Health Courses for Spring 2019

Graduate Courses (Certificate Students)
  • KINE 5372 - Introduction to Epidemiology
    Tuesday Evenings, On-Campus, 5:30 to 8:20 PM
  • KINE 5377 - Health Systems and Policy
    Monday Evenings, Hybrid (online & on-campus), 4:00 to 6:50 PM
Graduate Courses (General)

Students who wish to further their study of Public Health are encouraged to consider these courses.

  • KINE 5371 - Program Planning and Evaluation
    Thursday Evenings, On-Campus, 5:30 to 8:20 PM

Course Descriptions

KINE 5377: Health Systems and Policy
What is “population health” and why does it matter? Why are U.S. health care costs so high? How is the U.S. health system financed? What are the basic principles of health insurance? Who are the uninsured?
It is critical that public health professionals be able to answer these questions and understand the basic functions that comprise the U.S. health care system. This course will help students answer these questions through an introduction to health systems and policy, including the delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and populations. The course will also examine the structure, processes and outcomes of health services, financing, organization, outcomes and accessibility of care.

KINE 5372: Introduction to Epidemiology
Have you ever read Hot Zone or watched Contagion? Did you follow the Ebola crisis? Have you ever wanted to know how the “disease detectives” on the front lines of outbreaks were able to control the spread of disease and keep us safe? If so, take this class as the first step to learning about disease control and related research—and perhaps starting your own career as a disease detective!
This course will introduce you to the concepts and methods used in real-life disease outbreaks by providing an overview of epidemiological principles. The course will teach terminology, concepts, methods used in the practice of epidemiology, as well as where to find and how to make sense of epidemiological data. Students will learn measures used in epidemiology and apply principles of study design, disease surveillance, and outbreak investigations. Course projects will provide students with hands-on experience using skills sought by employers in public health agencies and health care organizations. Through this, you will learn the epidemiological skills to prevent, control, and research disease.

KINE 5371: Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation
Before implementing programs to improve knowledge, behaviors or health conditions, we need to be able to answer several key questions. Who is the target audience? What are the program’s goals? How will the program be implemented? What are the program’s intended outcomes and how will they be measured? How will results be used to improve the program or apply for funding?
Program evaluation is the systematic application of scientific methods to assess the design, implementation, or outcomes of a program. In this course, program planning and evaluation are introduced as inter-related activities. Students will learn how to assess program design, develop evaluation plans and tools (e.g., logic models), and create strategies for using and sharing evaluation results. This course will allow students to have hands-on experience that will prepare them with competitive skills related to working with stakeholders to design and evaluate programs. Prerequisites: None