The Graduate Core Public Health Certificate is a 18-credit hour program designed to give students a strong foundation of knowledge in the five core areas of public health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental health
  • Health services administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences

The fundamental knowledge and skills learned in these core courses will equip students to analyze and respond to emerging public health issues at the institution, community and societal levels. 

Course Requirements

Fall Semester
MPH 611 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health    3 Credits
MPH 612 Statistical Reasoning for Public Health    3 Credits
MPH 620 Public Health Administration and Management    3 Credits
Spring Semester
MPH 613 Principles of Environmental Health    3 Credits
MPH 614 Principles of Epidemiology     3 Credits
MPH 779 Introduction to Research Methods    
  Total   18 Credits

Educational Format

The educational program includes 18 total credit hours where classes are taught in three terms per year (fall, spring, summer). All students are paired with an academic adviser.

Classes are taught online and on campus in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. There may be unforeseen circumstances such as low registration numbers and COVID-19 where residential (on campus) delivery mode sections will be moved into an online delivery mode section.


Tuition can be found on the Projected cost of attendance website under Public Health Graduate Certificates.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid may be available for any term in which a student is enrolled at least half-time, subject to timely completion of the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Private education loans may be available for less than half-time study. Please contact EVMS Financial Aid at for more information.

Tuition costs for the public health graduate certificates are based upon the number of credit hours taken per term. Tuition is due at the beginning of each term of your enrollment. For more information, view the program's projected cost of attendance.