Public Health Certificate (PHC)

The Loyola mission to serve those who suffer injustice coincides with the recent changes in the medical care financial structure and the ongoing demand to eliminate disparities in access to healthcare both domestically and globally. In our continued efforts to improve health and promote well-being, the Stritch School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences offers a Public Health Certificate (PHC). The PHC program will train students to address racial and economic health disparities through public health research, practice and advocacy. Loyola has a unique physical and social environment to support public health education. We are located in a racial and economically diverse community and our health professionals and faculty are committed to promoting social justice in the Jesuit tradition.

What are the objectives of the PHC program?

  • Provide education in the core public health disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy;
  • Establish a foundation to explore further training in public health and/or global health;
  • Support student research by promoting communication and multi-disciplinary collaboration among faculty and students.

What are the course requirements and cost?

Students must complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) of introductory coursework including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Public Health Principles and Practice
  • One pre-approved elective

The program may be completed online.

Tuition: See the Office of the Bursar

How will a PHC enhance my career options?
The program is well suited to individuals who desire advanced competency in public health without having to commit to a 2-year Master’s program. The 12 credits may also be applied to a Master’s in Public Health degree at Loyola University Chicago.

What is needed to apply?

  • Complete the Graduate school application - select CPH-CERT - Certificate in Public Health
  • One set of official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • The GRE is NOT required for this program

Contact Information:
Dr. Ruth Kafensztok
Phone: 708-327-9019