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Certificate in Public Health

About the Program

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 15
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring

Are you looking to start a career in public health? Want to learn more?  Georgia Southern University’s 16-hour Certificate in Public Health is a fully online degree for students or working professionals interested in upgrading their knowledge and skills without having to enroll in a master’s program. However, students interested in the Master of Public Health at Georgia Southern can use certificate coursework to satisfy degree requirements. Students can also use certificate coursework to satisfy prerequisite requirements for the Doctor of Public Health degree at Georgia Southern.

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Admission Requirements

The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) Certificate in Public Health is an ONLINE program.  International applicants are eligible to apply for the Certificate in Public Health if he/she plans to complete the program from outside the U.S.  International applicants are not eligible to apply for a student visa, nor can they maintain their current F-1/J-1 status in a fully online program.

Students who wish to obtain the Certificate in Public Health need not be enrolled in the M.P.H. program but must still apply and be admitted to the certificate program. Admission into the Certificate in Public Health program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a graduate degree program. Applying to a graduate degree program is a separate process and different criteria must be met.

  1. Application – Completion of an application in Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
  2. Degree – Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Transcripts – Official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended. A transcript is required even if the courses from one school appear on the transcript of another school.*
    • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Visit view which documents are required for your country and to request an International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) Course-by-Course Report.*
    • Upload transcript(s) from all institutions attended. (Do NOT send transcripts to SOPHAS Express)*
  4. Grade Point Average (GPA) – Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 scale in either:
    • Upper division undergraduate courses; OR
    • Upper division graduate courses.
  5. English Language Proficiency – International applicants and U.S. Citizens whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Prior to consideration for admission, international applicants whose native language is not English must take and post acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ( or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ( unless they have received a degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand. The TOEFL and IELTS examinations are administered at various times of the year and in many centers throughout the world.
    • A score of at least 75 (internet-based test, IBT) or 537 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL and 6.0 on the IELTS is normally required to be considered for regular admission. The official TOEFL and the official IELTS scores may not be more than two (2) years old. Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard may be recommended for enrollment in University English courses or for English courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) on campus. Successful completion of Intensive English Programs (IEPs) at other English Language Program (ELP) providers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Request that your official TOEFL scores be sent directly to SOPHAS. Official IELTS scores should be sent to:  Georgia Southern University, Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 8113, Statesboro, GA  30460-8113.
  6. Letters of Recommendation – Three (3) letters of recommendation. It is strongly advised that two letters be from individuals who can address your past academic performance and it is encouraged that the third letter is from a work or internship supervisor.
  7. Curriculum Vitae/Resume – A CV/Resume that includes the following: a) educational experiences, b) professional goals and objectives, c) work history, d) professional experiences, memberships and/or participation in professional organizations, e) experiences in public health programs.
  8. Statement of Purpose – A Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words) that conveys the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in public health and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.

*NOTE:  Unofficial documents must be uploaded for review purposes. Official transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS scores are only required if you are offered admission.

Following notification of admission, official transcripts mailed in sealed envelopes directly from each university attended (or directly from WES) and official TOEFL/IELTS scores mailed directly from the testing company are required PRIOR to the first day of classes of the original semester of acceptance.  Failure to provide the official transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS scores following notification of admission will result in revocation of the admission offer. Official documents must be mailed to: Georgia Southern University, Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 8113, Statesboro, GA  30460-8113.


Applications for the Certificate in Public Health program are accepted for FALL and SPRING admission only.  Applications and ALL supporting documents must be in SOPHAS Express no later than the JPHCOPH Application Deadline to be considered for admission.

 (NOTE: If ALL supporting documents are not in SOPHAS Express by the deadline date, your application will be marked as Incomplete and will not be considered for admission.)

  • October 1 – Spring admission deadline for International applicants
  • November 1 – Spring admission deadline for United States applicants
  • May 1 – Fall admission deadline for International applicants
  • June 1 – Fall admission deadline for United States applicants

Application Timeline

Please allow enough time for processing when submitting an application and supporting documents.  The entire admissions application process can take approximately six (6) weeks.  (Note: Processing times vary throughout the cycle, therefore this timeline may not apply to every applicant’s situation.)

  • SOPHAS Express Timeline – To ensure your application is mailed (sent) to JPHCOPH on time, your application and all supporting documents must be submitted in SOPHAS Express no later than the JPHCOPH application deadline date.
  • Georgia Southern University Timeline – The JPHCOPH does not review an application until every document has been submitted in SOPHAS Express.  It can take approximately six (6) weeks for a completed application to be processed.

Program Contact Information

Post Admissions Advisement

Nandi Marshall, DrPH
interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

SOPHAS Application Questions

SOPHAS Coordinator

SOPHAS Technical Info

SOPHAS Applicant Help Center

Last updated: 1/12/2024