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Undergraduate Public Health Certificate

Public Health Sciences Certificate ProgramsThe Department of Public Health Sciences is offering an online, nine credit undergraduate-level certificate for undergraduate students enrolled at Clemson University who are not currently majoring in the Health Science (HS) or Language & International Health (L&IH) undergraduate concentrations. The goal of this certificate is to provide basic educational training in core public health concepts and applications for students who intend to apply to graduate programs in public health or desire introductory coursework in public health as preparation for professional schools in health care delivery.

What are the Benefits of Pursuing this Certificate?

  • The online classes in public health, health care systems, and epidemiology are excellent preparation for health professions education, including medical school.
  • The required classes in this certificate program can fulfill elective credits while better preparing you for your career.
  • The certificate can be completed by taking these courses online during the summer sessions. A limited number of online sessions for this certificate are also during the Fall & Spring sessions.
  • An earned public health certificate will be part of your Clemson transcript.

What are the Requirements for Completing the Certificate?

  • The undergraduate-level public health certificate is made up of three certificate HLTH courses (nine hours). The courses are offered during the summer, spring and fall terms and will be primarily taught online by faculty in the Department of Public Health Sciences.  
  • The Certificate requires successful completion of the three indicated courses with a minimum average GPR of 2.5 for the three classes and no grade lower than a "D".

Required Sequence of Courses:

  • HLTH 2020-Introduction to Public Health
    Introduction to Public Health Examines the forces that have influenced current public health delivery systems, health practices, and trends. An introduction to population and public health theories and models as well as general systems theory is introduced.
  • HLTH 2030-Overview of Health Care Systems
    Overview of Health Care Systems  Provides an introduction to the American health care delivery system including its foundation, primary characteristics, resources, and processes. Fee-for-service, managed care, and integrated care organizations will be discussed while considering access, cost, and quality of care.
  • HLTH 3800-Epidemiology
    Epidemiology Introduces epidemiological principles and methods used in the study of the origin, distribution and control of disease within populations.

Who can Enroll?

Any currently enrolled undergraduate Clemson student not majoring in Health Science or Language & International Health is encouraged to enroll in and complete the public health certificate.  

What are the Procedures for Certificate Completion and Acknowledgement?

  • The student should successfully complete the three required online HLTH courses (Non-Health Science/L&IH concentration majors are given enrollment priority for the online certificate courses).
  • Prior to completing all the required certificate courses, the student should print, complete and submit the Undergraduate Certificate Application form. The application form will require your student information and the code for the Undergraduate Public Health Certificate program (CERTU-PUBH-C). After completing the application form, the student should bring it to the Department of Public Health Sciences (Attn: Angie Wolff, 505 Edwards Hall or Ralph Welsh, 527 Edwards Hall) for the program director's signature and processing.
  • The DPHS will route the completed application form to Clemson's Enrolled Student Services Office to obtain an official copy of the Undergraduate Certificate Plan of Study form. 
  • The program director will contact the student when the Undergraduate Certificate Plan of Study form is received from Enrolled Student Services. The student will need to get the official Plan of Study form signed by their primary advisor and resubmit it to the program director.
  • After submission of the Undergraduate Certificate Plan of Study form and completion of all 3 certificate courses, the director of the program will submit final paperwork to Enrolled Student Services who will validate program completion and update your transcripts.
  • The Department of Public Health Sciences will issue a certificate, suitable for framing, to the student at the mailing address indicated on his/her application form.
For More Information:

Ralph S. Welsh
Certificate Program Director
Department of Public Health Sciences
Clemson University
527 Edwards Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0745
RALPHW@clemson.edu
(864) 656-7158