Public Health Certificate Programs

Certificates are offered to persons who are interested in acquiring a specialized set of skills and may or may not choose to continue in a degree program. Certificates offered in Health Management and Policy, Health Education and Promotion, Epidemiology, and Emergency Preparedness appeal to mid-career professionals and to students new to the field of public health.  Hours earned in certificate programs are transferable to the MPH degree program if the student meets degree admission requirements.

Health Management and Policy

The Certificate in Health Management and Policy is designed for those who are currently working in management positions or at the policy level or to those who would like to move into administrative positions. The certificate program requires a total of 16 credit hours in the areas of management, finance, accounting, regulation and law, policy and marketing. Courses may be taken in any order.

  • Public Health System (4)
  • Health Policy (4)
  • Management for Health Services Organizations (4)
  • Choose One:
    • Marketing in Public Health (4),
    • The Business of Healthcare (4),
    • or Grant Writing for Public Health (4) [will apply to one certificate only]

Health Education and Promotion

The Certificate in Health Education and Promotion provides or strengthens the skill sets of persons interested in improving the health of communities through a population-based approach.The program requires 16 credit hours in the areas of health research methods, community health analysis, health and risk communication, and health behavior and biology. Courses may be taken in any order.

  • Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health (4)
  • Cultural Context of Health (4)
  • Public Health Education Methods (4)
  • Choose One:
    • Grant Writing for Public Health (4) [will apply to one certificate only]
    • Public Health Education Programs and Skills (4)

Emergency Preparedness Certificate (online only - 16 credit hours)


  • Environmental Health (4)
  • Emergency Preparedness and Planning (4)
  • Psychology and Sociology of Disasters (4)
  • Emergency Response and Recovery (4)

Epidemiology Certificate (16 credit hours)


  • Biostatistics (4)
  • Epidemiology (4)
  • Research Methods in Public Health (4)
  • Applied Epidemiology - online only (4)


The Master of Public Health program at Benedictine University is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The final accreditation report is available upon request. To obtain a copy of the report please contact Georgeen Polyak, PhD at gpolyak@ben.edu or 630-829-6217.

For Admissions Inquiries:

Cydney Weber
(630) 829-6399

Department of Public Health
Benedictine University

Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Joyce Cecchi
Administrative Assistant

Email: jcecchi@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6215

Hours: 8:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.

By Mail:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 258
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6281