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Help prevent disease and improve the lives of people in your community and around the world

Are you dedicated to helping communities address public health issues? Today’s headlines demonstrate the threats to the well-being of communities around the world. With a growing emphasis on lifestyle and behavioral health as well as concerns about global pandemics, the world needs more educated public health professionals. Be part of the solution with our Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

When you earn your public health certificate online from Walden, you can build a foundation in public health and advance your career while continuing to work. This program may meet your needs if you are a health professional who is:

  • Looking for a career in public health.
  • Looking to build your knowledge in public health fundamentals.
  • Interested in pursuing your Master of Public Health (MPH) but may not be ready to commit to a full master's degree program. If you decide to move forward, you can apply all credits from this certificate toward Walden's MPH program.

Developed in alignment with recognized professional standards, this public health certificate program features the most current trends and practices. Through relevant coursework taught by expert faculty, you can:

  • Focus on fundamental principles and practices—biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social/behavioral sciences.
  • Explore global and local perspectives on public health.
  • Gain skills to improve the well-being of people in your community and across the globe.

You can impact more lives and advance your career as a public health professional with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Walden, a leader in health education.


Completion Requirements

  • 31 quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

You can also save time and money when continuing on to earn your master's degree. Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden's Master of Public Health (MPH).


Course Code Title Credits
PUBH 6005

Perspectives on Health and the Developing Scholar-Practitioner

Students cover the origins and evolution of the concept of health, including some of the important health problems that face the world today and emerging concerns for the future. In this foundational course, students are introduced to key events in history as well as some of the health systems and issues that a modern health practitioner may encounter. Strategies for success as a graduate-level scholar and a health practitioner are integrated in a way that provides meaningful context to learners. Students discuss key concepts with peers, and the course culminates with a reflection paper designed to help learners evaluate their professional goals and how to progress as scholar–practitioners and social change agents. Students explore careers in various public health and health education settings and experience a virtual health department to learn about various functions and personnel.

(5 cr.)
PUBH 6038

Health Behavior Theory

Students in this course are introduced to concepts necessary for promoting positive health-behavior change by examining the most commonly used theories and models in public health and health education and promotion. Coursework focuses on the identification and application of theories and models for promoting and designing effective health behavior programs and interventions. Students explore individual, interpersonal, and community theories and modules to determine the most appropriate application.


  • PUBH 6005

(5 cr.)
PUBH 6032

SPSS Revealed

This is a laboratory-type course where students learn the skills needed to use the statistical computer package SPSS in public health practice and research. Topics include importation of data, management of various types of data, creation and exportation of tables and graphs, and computation of basic statistical tests using SPSS.


  • PUBH 6005

(1 cr.)
PUBH 6033

Interpretation and Application of Public Health Data

Students in this course learn about biostatistical methods and concepts used in public health practice and research. Emphasis is placed on interpretation and application of concepts rather than statistical calculations. Major topics include identification of types of data, creation and interpretation of narrative and graphical descriptive statistics, conceptualization of statistical inference and probability, and interpretation of common nonparametric tests, analysis of variance, and simple linear regression models. Students are required to use the statistical computer package SPSS.


  • PUBH 6032 or PUBH 6032P

(5 cr.)
PUBH 6031

Public Health Administration and Leadership

In this course, students are provided with a foundational understanding of the administrative, managerial, and organizational practices of public health and healthcare delivery systems. Students examine theories of leadership as well as the professional attributes, skills, styles, and strategies required to advance public health goals. They engage in a variety of contextual and practical assignments focused on management theories, policy processes, systems thinking, strategic planning and partnerships, public health financing, human resource management, public health informatics, quality and performance improvement, leadership, and organizational behavior. Students also consider the impact of global trends on public health.


  • PUBH 6005

(5 cr.)
PUBH 6035

Epidemiology: Decoding the Science of Public Health

Students in this course are provided with an epidemiological approach to the study of the incidence, prevalence, and patterns of disease and injury in populations, and the application of this study to the control of public health problems. Key sources of data for epidemiological purposes are identified, and principles and limitations of public health screening programs are addressed. Students learn to calculate basic epidemiological measures and to draw appropriate inferences from epidemiological data and reports.


  • (PUBH 6033 and PUBH 6032) or (PUBH 6033P and PUBH 6032P)

(5 cr.)
PUBH 6034

Environmental Health: Local to Global

This course provides a comprehensive overview of environmental factors that affect the health and safety of 21st century communities. Students examine associations and interrelationships between chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the environment and their impact on human health. Concepts cover food, water, air, waste, radiation, noise, pests, population growth, and climate change. Students analyze and discuss current local and global problems and solutions and consider new ways to address environmental issues.


MSN: Public Health Nursing Specialization

  • NURS 6002 or NURS 6003
  • PUBH 6127
  • NURS 6051
  • NURS 6052
  • NURS 6053

All Other Programs

  • PUBH 6005

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 31 quarter credit hours $492 per quarter hour $15,252
Technology Fee Per quarter $165 $660


*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $500 to $700.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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