Advanced Certificate in Public Health

Why Earn an Advanced Certificate in Public Health?

As we live through a global pandemic, we're reminded daily of society's need for skilled public health experts. These professionals prevent humanity from disease and narrow health inequities across societies, globally.

Why Earn an Advanced Certificate in Public Health from SUNY Downstate?

This 15-credit program is your first step to an advanced degree in public health. You'll take the same core curriculum as students in our master's degree program. And you'll benefit from the world-class facilities of Brooklyn's only academic medical center.

Each of our programs is backed by a commitment to narrow health inequities in urban and immigrant populations. In Brooklyn, where many of our 2.3 million residents are immigrants, these gaps are especially evident. Studies prove people who live here are disproportionately affected by many common diseases. Their needs are at the center of our program.

What You Will Learn

  • If you want to gain a basic foundation in public health, expand your skill set or update your resume, this program is for you.
  • Your classes will mirror the core curriculum taken by students in our MPH degree program.
  • Courses include Principles of Biostatistics; Program Design and Evaluation; Issues in Environmental Health; Principles of Epidemiology; and Introduction to Health Policy and Management.
All certificates are graduate Level


School of Public Health

Careers & Outcomes

An advanced certificate in public health can open the door to entry-level jobs at many local, state, and federal health agencies and community-based organizations.

Job Titles

  • Journalist
  • Health Educator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Lawyer
  • Policy Advisor


  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • U.S. Navy
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

Meet Our Faculty

Faculty in the School of Public Health are nationally recognized public health leaders. They investigate clinical outcomes and health care quality improvement; risk management in health care institutions; HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases; cancer epidemiology; and more. Their work is often published in outlets such as the New England Journal of Medicine.

At the same time our faculty are national experts, they are also acutely aware of health care disparities that affect many in Brooklyn. Downstate faculty are committed to being a part of the vital national conversation about closing these gaps.

Meet Our Faculty

Program Highlights


Join a leader.

Many of SUNY Downstate's School of Public Health programs have been ranked among the nation's top programs by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and, just to name a few.

Continue your education.

You can apply the 15 credits you'll earn in the advanced certificate program to an MPH degree.

Broaden your perspective.

This certificate is also available to students in SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine, School of Health Professions, and the College of Nursing, as well as medical residents and fellows.

Additional Information

All Backgrounds Welcome

You can apply to this program with a bachelor's degree in any discipline—not just science.

Financial Aid Advisory

You will not qualify for financial aid and/or federal student loans as a student in the Advanced Certificate in Public Health program.

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