About the Graduate Certificate in Population Health

Looking to retool your career or add to your skills? The Graduate Certificate in Population Health packages the core courses of our Master of Public Health degree into a 12-hour/4 course concentrated learning experience. Now available 100% online, this certificate program provides a valuable credential for those seeking to join or advance in the public health workforce. It’s also the perfect introduction to further study, as all credits can be applied to the 42-hour MPH program.

Graduate School Certificate Application


  • No prerequisites
  • Only required class is CPH 650: Public Health Systems
  • Individual assessment plan + 3 other classes from a list of selective, core classes
  • Credits are transferrable into MPH

How to Apply

Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at UK may apply at any time. For those not currently enrolled please follow the Graduate School deadlines and all application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to begin your coursework.

Pre-approved Certificate courses already completed may count toward the curriculum requirements (This does not include practicum or research projects.) Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

Students must apply to the UK Graduate School.  Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at: http://gradschool.uky.edu/.


Official transcripts:

Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.


Other requirements:

Two letters of recommendation

  • The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.

Personal statement

  • Describe any work experience relevant to Population Health.

Briefly describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Population Health, (b) your career goals in relation to Population Health and (c) the specific topic in Population Health in which you are most interested and why.

Contact Certificate Coordinator

Angela Brumley-Shelton, MA, MPH, CTTS