Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health

The Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health is a 16-hour interdepartmental online program that offers coursework in each of the 5 major disciplines of public health for students wishing to earn graduate credit.

Program Benefits

The Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health is a 16-hour interdepartmental online program that offers coursework in each of the 5 major disciplines of public health for students wishing to earn graduate credit. Courses are taught by University of Michigan School of Public Health faculty using distance learning. Credits may be transferable to a degree program within U-M SPH or to other schools of public health.

The certificate program offers flexibility in study for those wishing to develop foundational skills in public health without the commitment of pursuing a graduate degree. Benefits include:

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The following comprise the required courses of the Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health.
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Who Should Apply?

Those who would benefit from CFPH coursework include, but are not limited to:

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Cost of the Certificate

The current rate* (2014-2015) for Michigan residents is $878 for the first credit hour and $1,042 for each additional credit hour. The current rate* for non-Michigan residents is $983 for the first credit hour and $1,147 for each additional credit hour. There are mandatory fees of $164.19 per term in addition to tuition

Below are sample approximate tuition charges for one term, including the mandatory fee. Your tuition is variable based on the number of courses you elect and the number of courses offered each term. You cannot complete all 16 credit hours in one term.

Credits Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Resident
3 $3,126.19 $3,441.19
4 $4,168.19 $4,588.19
6 $6,252.19 $6,882.19
7 $7,294.19 $8,029.19
10 $10,420.19 $11,470.19

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the Regents of the University, have been updated for Fall 2014 and typically change in the fall term. Complete U-M tuition and fee schedules are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

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