Promote and Protect Population Health

This 10-credit hour, 100% online certificate program will give you the skills needed to develop broad-based, collaborative strategies for solving public health challenges with an evidence-based approach. Leaders with a public health background are prepared to promote and protect population health.

You will take classes in Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, and Public Health Administration and Policy.

This certificate is a great opportunity for health care professionals who want to enhance their career and others who wish to diversify their knowledge and skills.  

If you are interested in expanding your job opportunities, this certificate can be used toward earning UM-Flint’s Master of Science in Health Services Administration. The customizable master’s degree allows you to stack two or three certificates of your choice.

Some of the classes in this certificate can also be used toward UM-Flint’s Master of Public Health

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Admission Requirements

  • One of the following:
    • BS in a health-related field
    • BS or BBA in a business-related field
    • BS or BA in another field with at least 2 years of health sector work experience
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

*Students in the final semester of a UM-Flint health or business-related baccalaureate program may receive an override to begin the graduate certificate while completing the baccalaureate degree by filling out this form. Submit the form to [email protected].

State Authorization for Online Students

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

How to Apply for the Certificate in Public Health

To be considered for admission, submit an online application using the link below. Other materials can be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please read our full transcript policy for more information.
  • For any degree completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be submitted for an internal credential review. Read the following for instructions on how to submit your transcripts for review.
  • If English is not your native language, and you are not from an exempt country, you must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly and/or professional ability.
  • Statement of Purpose describing your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program
  • Students from abroad must submit additional documentation.

This program is a certificate program. Admitted students will not be able to obtain a student (F-1) visa to pursue this degree. However, students living outside of the US may complete this program online in their home country. Other nonimmigrant visa holders currently in the United States please contact the Center for Global Engagement at [email protected].

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Early Deadline: May 1
  • Fall Final Deadline: August 1 
  • Winter: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Academic Advising Services

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have dedicated advisors who can help guide your path to achieving the certificate in Public Health. Contact Dr. Shan Parker at [email protected] to get started.

Learn More about UM-Flint’s Certificate in Public Health

With the University of Michigan-Flint’s certificate in Public Health, you will gain the skills to provide positive leadership in public health in a variety of settings throughout the health care industry. Make a difference for patients and organizations. Apply today or request information to learn more about our program!