Public Health Practice (Bridge Graduate Certificate)

The Bridge Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice (BGC-PHP) provides specialized training for individuals of varying backgrounds and experience who are committed to working in a public health related field.  The BGC-PHP provides a valuable foundation of core public health knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and the social basis of health care.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the BGC-PHP is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. (See also School of Medicine Graduate Program policies.)  Contact the  MPH Program  for specific admission requirements. Applications are only considered for fall semester admission. Completed applications are reviewed through June.  Students may enroll in the certificate program concurrently with a regular graduate degree program (M.S., M.A., or Ph.D.).

BGC-PHP candidates must complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work.  All course work must be completed within three years in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Required Courses
FPH 7015Biostatistics I4
FPH 7240Epidemiology3
FPH 7320The Social Basis of Health and Health Care3
FPH 7420Principles of Environmental Health3
Electives2
Total Credits15

MPH Academic Progression Policies

Grade Policies
In Required Courses:
Students must earn a B grade or better in all required courses. Grades of B- or lower are considered unacceptable.  Students who receive a B- or lower grade in any required course must repeat the course and receive a B or better grade.  Students are not eligible to take courses requiring the failed course as a prerequisite, or earn hours towards the Master's Project or thesis until the course deficiency is satisfied.

In Elective Courses:  Students who receive a B- or lower grade in an elective course will be allowed to balance the grade with subsequent grades to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Grade Point Average Requirement: Students must maintain an overall minimum 3.00 GPA to remain in good standing. Grades below a B are not considered adequate at the graduate level. Students who receive a B- or lower in a course will be asked to meet with their advisor to ensure that they are aware of Graduate School requirements and to determine if any remedial action is required. 

Course Repeat Policy: Only two attempts to complete a required course will be permitted.  Two unsuccessful attempts to complete a required course will result in termination from the program. The most recent grade and credit hours for a repeated course are used in computing the grade point average and awarding credit hours for a degree. All attempts to take a course are recorded on a student’s transcript.