The certificate programs form an integral part of the two-year Columbia MPH experience and provide students with advanced training in a focused area of public health beyond the departmental discipline. Certificates lead to a Columbia University approved credential. All students enrolled in the two-year Columbia MPH must fulfill the course requirements of their certificate program in addition to Core and departmental requirements to graduate.
The 20+ available certificate programs have been developed in consultation with public health employers and other key stakeholders and reflect today’s most sought-after knowledge and skills and knowledge. Many certificates focus on interdisciplinary topics such as global health, chronic disease, or aging, while some offer an advanced training in one particular area such as biostatistics or research methods.
Most certificate-related coursework takes place from the second to fourth semesters. However, some certificate-specific, non-credit sessions and special events are held during the first and second semesters. Students should refer to the certificate information webpages (to the left) for the list of required courses and electives. Please visit the individual certificate pages to download sample schedules.
Applying to a Certificate
Most students apply to a certificate as part of the process for applying to the School. Students interested in declaring or switching certificates after matriculation should follow the process outlined below.
Most certificates are open to students across the School. However, certificate switches are not guaranteed. Some have admissions requirements related to prior coursework or test scores, and occasionally interest in a certificate surpasses the enrollment limits available. Read more about certificate eligibility. Additionally, some certificates have financial and academic implications. All application decisions are made by certificate faculty leads and hosting departments.
Additional Admissions Requirements
Please see additional admissions requirements for certificates.
Entering 2017 students will be allotted the opportunity to change their certificate status this fall before the conclusion of the Core.
For questions, please contact the Office of Educational Programs at msph-oep [at] columbia.edu or 212-305-1954.
Each certificate is directed by a lead faculty, with the support of departmental academic coordinators and the Office of Educational Programs. Students should approach faculty leads for guidance related to academic pursuits and progress, and contact departmental coordinators and staff in the Office of Educational Programs for general information on certificate programs.
Visit the certificate requirements website for more information about courses, scheduling, and contacts. The certificate courses are included within the flat tuition model. Prior to registering, please review the student handbook for registration and tuition policies.