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Gain a Competitive Edge in the Public Health Industry

The OU Online Population Health Certificate in Public Health is a 12-credit-hour, 100% online program that offers a secondary credential for graduate students and professionals entering or working in the healthcare, public policy, or community-based organization sectors, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, and public administration. Graduates gain a deeper understanding of population health, providing them with a competitive edge in the workforce.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring

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Benefits of the Population Health Certificate

Meet Today's Growing Demand

Jobs in the public health sector are expected to increase 15% by 2030. The online Population Health Certificate in Public Health is a fast and affordable way to get the skills you need to boost your earning power in a field where the average annual salary is $76,200 (Emsi Burning Glass, 2022).

Understand an Evolving Field

Gain a deeper understanding of population health strategies, data analytics, and research methods to improve your community's health outcomes. Apply your new skills to set yourself apart in the evolving population health field.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible online program designed for working professionals. Engage in stimulating discussions with your professors and fellow students while you gain valuable knowledge to prepare you for challenges and opportunities in your public health career. 


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field

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Pursue Your Population Health Certificate

Take the next step in your career with a graduate certificate from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for 16-week sessions in the fall and spring. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The OU online Population Health Certificate in Public Health is structured to provide students with a deeper understanding of population health strategies and health disparities.

Students become equipped to promote health equity in their professional careers by learning how to improve health outcomes in their communities through the application of the concepts of population health, regardless of their involvement in traditional public health career tracks.

This program offers students the opportunity to begin their curriculum in either fall or spring terms.

Emphasizing health and the healthcare system, students will take courses in epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and the U.S. healthcare system.

Course Offerings

Core Courses (12 Credits)

  • BSE 5113 Principles of Epidemiology
  • HPS 5213 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • OEH 5013 Environmental Health
  • HAP 5453 U.S. Health Care System

How to Apply

To apply to the online Population Health Certificate in Public Health, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and provide the following:

Complete the online application and submit the following with the application:

  • Professional resume or CV that includes past education and work experience
  • Written personal statement on career goals
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Submit all official transcripts from previously attended institutions by following the instructions here.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

“When you are part of an online public health program at the University of Oklahoma, you are connected to one of only 67 accredited schools of public health in the United States. Our exceptional faculty, active research program, and rigorous online curriculum will prepare you to make an immediate impact in the workplace and your community.”

 - Dr. Dale Bratzler, dean
Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Dale Bratzler, dean Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma
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Same Academic

Like every OU Online program, the Population Health Certificate is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.  

An Investment in Your Future

As you consider the Population Health graduate certificate, focus on the potential return on investment. The credential you’ll earn not only gives you knowledge and skills in high demand by employers but also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community.

Tuition and fees for the program are $6,900 ($575 per credit). Books and additional materials are not included.

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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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