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Public Health Certificate

Become an engaged and educated citizen who can address community health-related challenges with a certificate in public health. Classes explore pressing issues that affect populations in order to create healthier communities, address health disparities and improve global health.  Develop broad skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication within the lens of public health so you can effectively adapt with the quickly changing public health landscape.

Public Health Certificate at a Glance

What is a Public Health Certificate?

This online undergraduate certificate in public health creates a flexible path of study that complements your major—whatever that may be. A certificate diversifies your areas of expertise, making you a more appealing employee that can address problems that span industries. In fact, many career fields need employees with public health knowledge.

How Do I Apply?

There are no specific program admissions requirements for the Public Health certificate.

If you are a current, degree-seeking Boise State student, use the my.BoiseState “change my major” tool to add the certificate.

If you are not a current Boise State student, apply to Boise State and declare the certificate in addition to your major.

Connect With A Coach

We’re here to help! From deciding if an online certificate is right for you, to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

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How Much Does It Cost?

Total Program Investment

Boise State Undergraduate Application Fee (non-refundable)$50
Courses (15 total credits @ $350 per credit)$5,250
Books (estimate)$170
Graduation Application Fee (for degree-seeking certificate students)$20
Approximate Total Investment$5,490
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access, which are all required for this program.Varies
*The per-credit fees listed above are for the 2020-21 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.  
Notice: Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to this program.

What Classes Will I Take?

This program is offered online only with no in-person requirements. The below online certificate curriculum shows the courses required for the program.

Course NumberTitleCredits
PUBH 303 Foundations of Public Health3
PUBH 310 Evidence-based Public Health3
PUBH 382 Research Methods in Health3
Pick 2 courses from list:
PUBH 315 Health Policy and Ethics
PUBH 355 Human Health and Disease
PUBH 365 Quality Improvement & Performance Management
PUBH 418 Advanced Public Health Analysis
PUBH 419 Public Health Communications
PUBH 420 Strategic Planning and Project Management
PUBH 460 Determinants of Health
PUBH 470 Collaborating for Change

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The Boise State Online Student Success Team is here to help you. We can direct you to the best resources and information to get you started on the right path for success. Take the first step and reach out today!

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