Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health

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Online Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health

Apply online to the Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) distance-learning program.

The deadline for Fall 2014 has passed. Please contact us at CFPHinquiries@umich.edu if you have questions regarding fall admission.

The Winter 2015 application will be available in mid-August.

We are currently planning our Virtual Information Session schedule for Fall 2014 regarding Winter 2015 admission.

Virtual Information Sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the unique features of online learning at SPH, the benefits of the Certificate credential to your career advancement and to answer your questions about the application process. Check back soon for the Fall 2014 schedule.

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.

  • Study in the full spectrum of public health disciplines
  • Real time access to and mentoring by UM-SPH faculty
  • Learn and network with fellow students in real time
  • Graduate Certificate credential earned
  • Graduate credits earned apply to UM-SPH graduate degrees and may transfer to other institutions

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:

  • Select guaranteed Masters admission for high-performing students
  • Eligibility to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam - earning certification
  • Access to select UM-SPH Career Development resources
  • 5 Courses available
  • Earn your Certificate in 8 months or longer

See why our faculty think CFPH works:

The following comprise the required courses of the Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health.
Read descriptions and outlines of the courses.

  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Strategies and Uses of Epidemiology
  • Survey of the U.S. Health Care System
  • Introduction to Health Behavior Theory and Approaches

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Who Should Apply?

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

  • Public health workers who desire formal graduate training but who are unable to commit to full-time study
  • Working professionals who want to take the first step toward a master's degree (16 credit hours may apply to the M.P.H. or M.H.S.A. degree)
  • Public and private sector employees who deal with the public health system
  • Students in the health sciences who seek to enhance their public health knowledge without completing a master’s degree
  • Lifelong learners

Is distance learning right for you?

Take this self assessment to get more information about distance learning and to help you decide whether it is a good option for you.

Take the self assessment for distance learning.

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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How the Online Courses Work

For the certificate program:

  • Courses will be accessed via the Internet, using C-Tools – the course management system of the University of Michigan.
  • Videos and narrated presentations of class lectures and discussions will be available online.
  • Each class session has web pages that contain the media (videos and narrated presentations), readings, assignments, and discussion question links for that class, along with a checklist to help students stay on track.
  • Attendance is required at weekly real-time virtual class meetings which are typically held in the evenings Monday through Thursday.
  • Assignments, quizzes and exams which need hand written elements will be scanned into multipage PDFs for submission.
  • Office hours with instructors will be available through both teleconference and Internet meeting software.

Interested in the Next Step?

Apply Online

For more information, email us at CFPHinquiries@umich.edu or call 734-764-5425.

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