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Public Health Certificate

With lives at stake, how do healthcare providers coordinate care in the midst of a pandemic to avoid gaps in patient care?


  • Online

Program Duration

  • At your own pace. And as little as one year

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall Application

Public Health for Healthcare Providers Post Pandemic

The Covid -19 pandemic impacted every aspect of healthcare. What emerged is an increased awareness of the value of preparation, the need for consistent data gathering and analysis, and better interprofessional collaboration.

Samuel Merritt University offers an innovative public health certificate—Interprofessional Approaches to Public Health. The certificate prepares healthcare personnel to apply population-based concepts in diverse healthcare settings and to move beyond theory to understand public health with an interprofessional emphasis on the current state of public health.

The online certificate program can be completed in as little as a year but at the student’s own pace. It requires less time and coursework than a degree, making it perfect for current students, recent graduates, and non-degree seeking students interested in applying a public health lens to their current work. Request more information now for fall 2021.


  • Best practices related to public health pandemic response
  • Sustainable response planning
  • To prepare for environmental threats
  • To apply ethics, social justice, and health equity to public health policy

Students Will

  • Deepen their knowledge and understanding of the evidence-based science of outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics
  • Gain experience with interprofessional collaboration within the context of public health
  • Enhance their professional and personal opportunities to inform policy and respond to public health challenges
  • Identify collaborative and advocacy roles within agencies and organizations to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases
  • Build a strong foundation to pursue an advanced practice education within a public health field such as a master’s in public health degree

Program Requirements and Info

Semester 1
PH 601: Principles of Epidemiology as Demonstrated by Pandemics — 3.0 units

Semester 2
PH 602: Data Science and Application — 2.0 units
PH 603: Environmental Health and Safety — 2.0 units

Semester 3
PH 604: Health Inequities and Policy — 2.0 units
PH 605: Interprofessional Practice in Public Health — 2.0 units

Program Learning Competencies

PLO01—Apply epidemiological methods and their application to public health efforts. 
PLO02—Describe the use of biostatistics and informatics common to the public health literature. 
PLO03—Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy, and practice. 
PLO04—Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organization, community, and societal levels. 
PLO05—Describe the role of and processes related to assessment in public health planning. 
PLO06—Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs. 
PLO07—Identify & define basic principles and tools of budget and resource management. 
PLO08—Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
PLO09—Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. 
PLO10—Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation. 
PLO11—Perform effectively on interprofessional teams. 


$10,000 for full certificate ($909 per credit hour)

Students/applicants should complete the Add Form using these details:

Session: Standard
Department: Public Health
Course number: 601
Section: Online
Course title: Principles of Epidemiology
Day: Online
Time: Asynchronous
Instructor: Jerome Santos

Please note:
Please use Firefox or Safari browsers to complete the Add Form (Chrome and Edge browsers are not compatible). The official add period begins in late July. The course will be added to your transcript in August. Please sign-up as soon as possible, however, to reserve your position and so we know how many to expect.


J Santos headshot

Jerome Santos

DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, JDc Assistant Professor
Goli Hashemi

Goli Hashemi

MSc, OTR/L Assistant Professor
Dr. Chia-Ding (JD) Shia

Chia-Ding (JD) Shih

DPM, MPH, MA (Med. Sci.) Assistant Professor