Department of Public Health Sciences

Public Health Certificate

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The Department of Public Health Sciences is offering an on-line nine credit undergraduate-level Certificate for undergraduate students enrolled at Clemson University that are not currently majoring in the Health Science 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.

What are the Benefits of Pursuing this Certificate?

  • The on-line 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 on-line during the summer 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 (9 hours).  The courses are offered during the summer, spring, and fall terms and will be primarily taught on-line 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 202-Introduction to Public Health
    Examines the forces that have influenced current health delivery systems, health practices, and trends. General systems theory is introduced.
  • HLTH 203-Overview of Health Care Systems
    Introduces the health care delivery system including public health and health care components. Examines and discusses individual and public expectations of need and demand for health care and delivery of public health and health care services.
  • HLTH 380-Epidemiology
    Introduces epidemiological principles and methods used in the study of the origin, distribution, and control of disease.

Who can Enroll?

Any currently enrolled undergraduate Clemson student not majoring in Health Science is encouraged to enroll and complete the Public Health Certificate.  

What are the Procedures for Certificate Completion and Acknowledgement?

  1. The student should enroll and take the three required HLTH courses (non-Health Science concentration majors are restricted from enrolling in general HLTH courses, except for the on-line sections).
  2. After completing all the required certificate courses, the student should print the Undergraduate Certificate Application form.  The name of the certificate is Public Health and the certificate program code is CERTU-PUBH-5.  After completing the form, the student should bring it to the Department of Public Health Sciences, (Attn:  Angie Wolff, 505 Edwards Hall) for the Program Director's signature.
  3. DPHS will route the completed form to Clemson's Enrolled Student Services Office for processing.  Enrolled Student Services will validate the program completion and update your transcript.  
  4. The Public Health Sciences Department will issue a framable certificate to the student at the mailing address indicated on his/her application form.

For More Information:

Dr. Deborah Falta, Certificate Program Director
Department of Public Health Sciences
Clemson University
535 Edwards Hall
Clemson, S.C.  29634-0745
P (864) 656-1627