The field of public health is ever changing and expanding. It has played a major role in promoting the health of the nation and the world, and in extending life expectancy. It is expected that the growing demand for public health professionals will confront a critical shortage in the near future. UMass Lowell Department of Public Health offers the following certificate programs:
A four-course certificate program is available to individuals who are not ready to pursue a master's degree. The certificates are designed to help professionals take advantage of advanced studies beyond the bachelor's degree and acquire new knowledge and skills. It gives other individuals the opportunity to explore graduate education without committing to a full course of study for a master's degree. A bachelor's degree is a requirement for admission.
All courses completed in the certificate programs are applicable to a master's degree. Students earning program certificates with a 3.5 GPA do not have to take the GRE.
The certificate is designed to meet the growth in management opportunities arising in the health care industry due to medical-technological development, the increasing percentage of older people in our society, and the demands to provide efficient yet high quality patient care. Employment opportunities for trained managers in teaching and community hospitals as well as with other providers such as rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, and homecare agencies are increasing. Positions are also opening in ambulatory clinics, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations. Each of these organizations provides expanding employment opportunities and career paths for professional growth for clinicians and non-clinicians alike. The certificate program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation to go on for a masters degree.
The management of information in health care is growing in importance. Applications include: electronic medical records, physician order entry systems, pharmaceutical systems and financial applications. This certificate is intended for individuals with a background in health and health care who wish to apply current computer technology to the management of health care services in clinical, financial and record keeping areas.
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Public Health Studies
A four-course, 12 credit Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Studies is intended for individuals with diverse health, natural science, and social science backgrounds who are interested in careers in public health. The courses offered in the certificate program are foundation courses in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The certificate is expected to serve as a conduit into the MPH program for students who are not yet ready for application/admission. The certificate program will enable students to decide whether they should apply to a 42 credit MPH program. The graduate certificate will also provide students in the health care field with the additional course work to advance careers in the area of public health.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Studies at UMass Lowell with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may waive the GRE requirement if applying to the MPH program. Upon acceptance into the MPH program, the 12 credits from the Graduate certificate in Public Health with a course grade of 3.0 or higher may be transferred into the MPH degree program.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Completed Certificate Application Form
- Official transcript from the baccalaureate institution
- Completed undergraduate courses in Statistics and either Biology or Anatomy & Physiology with grades of C or above
- Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores
For the latest course information please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Academic Catalog.
Required Courses (6 Credits):
- Introduction to Biostatistics and Epidemiology
- Biostatistics for Health Data
Elective Courses (Choose Two):
- Health Policy and Management
- Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
- Introduction to Environmental Health