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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

School of Public Health

Advanced Certificate In Public Health Program

The SUNY Downstate Advanced Certificate in Public Health is focused on providing students with the necessary public health knowledge and skills to address the emerging challenges related to population health. The program provides students with the basics of public health. As such, it can also facilitate workforce entry in a variety of local, state, and federal health agencies or community-based organizations.

The Advanced Certificate Program is also available to students enrolled in the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, and the College of Nursing. Medical Residents and Fellows may also wish to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Public Health.

Those who wish to go on for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, apply the fifteen credits of the Advanced Certificate to that degree. In order to do so, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the certificate program.



The curriculum for the Advanced Certificate in Public Health Program will consist of the five core MPH courses totaling 15 credits. These five core courses are those currently required of the students matriculated in the MPH degree program. These courses also match those of other accredited schools of public health offering an advanced certificate in public health. These courses are as follows: 

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOS 5200 Principles of Biostatistics 3
CHSC 5200 Health Behavior and Risk Reduction 3
EOHS 5200 Issues in Environmental Health 3
EPID 5200 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HPMG 5206 Introduction to Health Policy and Management 3
  Total: 15