Certificate Programs

The UAB School of Public Health has three certificate programs:


Interim Chair: Jeff Szychowski, Ph.D.
Contact Person: Nicole Cross, MA
Contact E-mail:  nicolen@uab.edu 
Phone: (205) 934-4358
Website: www.uab.edu/soph/home/departments/biostatistics

The Certificate in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology aims to provide applied knowledge and skills in common statistical analysis and introductory concepts of epidemiological methods. With both existing and continually emerging public health issues, there is a great demand for professionals with the skills to analyze and interpret real-world public health and healthcare-related data to solve problems in these fields and to research and analyze real-world public health and healthcare-related problems.

Program Format

The 5-course certificate will teach methods in applied biostatistics, including linear and categorical methods, research design, and an introduction to epidemiological methods. The certificate can be completed online or a blend of online and face-to-face courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good academic standing and to earn the certificate.

Admission Requirements

A UAB Graduate School admissions application must be completed in order to enroll in the Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology certificate program: https://www.uab.edu/graduate/admissions

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions you attended and received college credit.
  • A Bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
Departmental Requirements9
Intermediate Statistical Analysis I
Intermediate Statistical Analysis II
Principles of Epidemiologic Research
Elective Biostatistics - choose 13
Intermediate Statistical Analysis III
Design/Conduct Clinical Trials
Data Management and Reporting with SAS
Elective Epidemiology - choose 13
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Any other EPI Course (if prerequisites are met)
Total Hours15


Contact Person: Kashunti Farmer, M.P.A, M.P.H.
Contact E-mail: ksfarmer@uab.edu
Phone: (205) 934-2684
Website: www.uab.edu/soph

The Public Health Certificate is a 17-hour course of study ideal for individuals interested in exploring the field of public health or expanding their knowledge and skills. The certificate is built around the MPH Core, which is based on the Evidence-Based Public Health framework. This core set of courses builds skills in all critical areas of public health, including public health and health care systems; planning and promotion to promote health; as well as policy, leadership, communication, and systems thinking. Students also select one elective course from all available master’s-level courses to round out their training.

The Public Health Certificate is available completely online and does not require any travel to Birmingham (though students are welcome to take on-campus courses if they prefer). Coursework taken in pursuit of the Public Health Certificate can be used toward an MPH degree for students who choose to continue their training at the UAB School of Public Health.

Program Format

Students are required to take the 6 public health core courses from the Master of Public Health program (14 credit hours) and a 3 credit hour elective, for a total of 17 credit hours. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good academic standing and to earn the certificate. Certificate students may apply for the MPH or other degree programs within the UAB School of Public Health and if admitted, the courses taken will be counted towards the completion of the degree program; the courses must have been completed in the last five years with a minimum grade of B. If you have questions about the program prior to enrolling, please reach out to KaShunti Farmer at ksfarmer@uab.edu.

Admission Requirements

Applicants not currently enrolled at UAB should apply by completing an application through the UAB Graduate School: www.uab.edu/graduate/admissions.

Application Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Statement of Purpose
Public Health Courses
PUH 601This is Public Health1
PUH 602Community Assessment3
PUH 603Quantitative Methods in Public Health3
PUH 604Programs and Policies3
PUH 605Public Health Management and Evaluation3
PUH 606Leadership for Evidence-Based Public Health1
Approved Elective Course3
Total Credit Hours:17


Director: Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH
Contact Person: Anna Helova, DrPH
Contact E-mail:  ahelova@uab.edu
Phone: (205) 934-0567
Website: www.uab.edu/sparkmancenter/graduate-certificate

This 15-hour certificate program is offered to any UAB graduate student (degree seeking or non-degree seeking) who wishes to gain knowledge and skills in the field of global health. Students may choose from several online or classroom-based courses to meet the requirements for this program. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will receive a certificate of completion awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In order to be enrolled in the graduate certificate program, you have to be enrolled as a student with the UAB graduate school (UAB Graduate Admissions). Undergraduate students may apply to the certificate program, but the certificate will not be awarded until a bachelor’s degree is earned. 

Upon completion of the GHS certificate program, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the relationship between global health and development.
  • Use appropriate methods to appraise global health challenges and health care systems, as well as responses to these challenges.
  • Synthesize information from primary and secondary sources to help identify appropriate interventions and actions in the field of global health.
  • Use research, planning and management methods to make efficient and effective use of available resources in field settings.
  • Develop professional skills in program design, program monitoring, and evaluation.

Program Format

Students are required to complete the GHS 600 and GHS 601 courses for 6-credit hours, and an additional 9-credit hours of approved public health and global health courses for a total of 15-credit hours.  Students must take a minimum of 6-credit hours from the selective GHS electives.

 Admission Requirements

Admission to any UAB graduate program automatically meets entrance requirements for the GHS certificate program; however, an UAB Graduate School admissions application must be completed in order to enroll in the GHS certificate program, www.uab.edu/graduate/admissions.

Graduate students may enroll in the GHS certificate program at any time during their graduate course of study at UAB.   Any student who wishes to enroll into the GHS Certificate Program is responsible for meeting with his or her departmental coordinator and with the GHS program coordinator to ensure that all administrative requirements have been met. Any student who does not maintain a “B” average in his or her certificate courses is subject to dismissal from the certificate program. 

Undergraduate students must meet all requirements listed in the School of Public Health Accelerated Learning Opportunities:

  • maintain a 3.5 GPA average in undergraduate courses
  • completed 60 undergraduate credit hours, and at least 36 credit hours at UAB
  • receive a B (or better) in the graduate courses taken while still an undergraduate student
  • maintain full-time student status at UAB

Please see the program website for details about how to apply to the certificate program if you are an undergraduate student. 

Global Health Studies Core (6 hours)
GHS 600Fundamentals of Global Health3
GHS 601Global Health Partnerships and Development3
Global Health Studies Electives (Minimum of 9 credit hours)
GHS 604Infectious Diseases of Global Health Significance3
GHS 603Immigrant, Migrant, Refugee Health3
GHS 605Disabilities and Global Health3
GHS 606Critical Issues in Global Maternal and Child Health3
GHS 608Food and Nutrition in Resource Limited Settings2
GHS 645Comparative Health Systems and Policy3
GHS 430/630Global Health Training, SIFAT6
Other Electives
ENH 610Environmental Disasters3
EPI 602Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases3
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases3
HPO 608Reproductive Health3
HPO 631Public Health Demography3
HPO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
PUH 496/696Exploring Population Health6
Total Credit Hours:15