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New Mexico State University
Department of Public Health Sciences
MPH Accredited by CEPH; BPH Approved by SABPAC

Graduate Public Health Certificate

The Department of Public Health Sciences offer a Graduate Public Health Certificate.

Program of Study

The proposed certificate program will include 5 courses worth a total of 15-credit hours offered in both an online and on-campus format. The courses included in the certificate program and brief descriptions of the courses are listed below:

MPH 510 – Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health (3.0 Credit Hours):  Focuses on the social, behavioral, and educational aspects of diseases prevention and health promotion programs.

MPH 530 – Epidemiological Approaches to Diseases Control and Prevention (3.0 Credit Hours):  Addresses the basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and non-infectious diseases and highlights descriptive techniques and analytic designs, and application of statistical and epidemiological investigational methods.

MPH 540 – Health Services Systems:  Administration and Organization (3.0 Credit Hours):  Focuses on using a systems approach to identify and analyze factors and interrelationships that influence the operation of health services organizations.  Specific attention will be given to administrative structures and operations, finance and quality among public health departments, hospitals, multi-institutional systems, integrated health systems, and strategic alliances.

MPH 550 – Environmental Public Health Issues (3.0 Credit Hours):  Examines environmental health issues from a public health perspective and additionally highlights the relevance of environmental health issues in rural and border communities.

An elective course– Students in the certificate program will be required to complete a three credit elective.  If applicants do not have any previous statistics background, it is strongly encouraged that their elective consists of MPH 520 Biostatistical Applications in Public Health.  For those with a statistics background, the program strongly suggests that the elective consists of one of the 3.0 credit hour-cultural foundation courses (MPH 560-569).  Each of these courses highlights specific public health issues.  Students may choose to select MPH 500 to serve as the elective course with the approval of their public health advisor.  With consultation of their public health advisor, another public health course could be substituted for the courses above.

Elective courses* (all are three credit courses):

  • MPH 500 Orientation to Public Health
  • MPH 520 Biostatistical Applications in Public Health
  • MPH 560 American Indian Health
  • MPH 561 Health Disparities:  Determinants and Interventions
  • MPH 562 Hispanic Health Issues
  • MPH 563 Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • MPH 565 International Health Problems
  • MPH 566 International Health Practicum
  • MPH 567 Rural Health Issues
  • MPH 568 Coping with Loss and Grief:  A Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • MPH 569 US-Mexico Border Health Issues
  • MPH 579 Research and Resources in Community Health

* Not all courses are offered on a regular basis.  Be sure to check with your assigned Public Health advisor.

Application Process and Requirements for Admissions

The proposed graduate certificate program in public health is not an official graduate degree offered by NMSU but rather a focused collection of courses that enrolled students complete in public health.  These courses are designed to provide and/or enhance students’ knowledge of and skills in public health practice.  Those students who successfully complete the previously listed courses receive a certificate of completion statement on their official transcript and a formal certificate from the university. Click here to follow these steps.

Incoming students are required to meet the following admission requirements:  all of the admission requirements of the Graduate School in addition to the following departmental admissions requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute of higher education
  2. Application completed via the Graduate School (select Graduate Public Health Certificate)
  3. Include at least two letters of references from former faculty, employers, and/or colleagues.

Note:  The Graduate School does not require a GRE for a certificate program.

For information and requirements for admission to the certificate program please call the graduate school at 575-646-5745, or contact the program’s graduate coordinator James Robinson at International students are required to first contact the Center for International Programs at or 575-646-5480 or send an e-mail to before proceeding with the application and admissions process.   For specific information on the details of the certificate, contact interim coordinator Dr. Satya Rao via email ( or phone (575-646-6714).

This page last updated on January 5, 2015