Public Health, Certificate

PHCP training includes formal coursework, the PHCP seminar series, and a public health project.

FORMAL COURSEWORK:

PHCP students will take public health courses in addition to their doctoral coursework. Students will complete most of the formal coursework during the first and second years of graduate school. In some cases, this may result in a student taking four courses plus a lab rotation in one or more semesters. However, students in the program may also take one public health course per semester in years three through five if necessary and with appropriate permission. Students in PHCP should expect to graduate on time.

PHCP SEMINAR SERIES:

A seminal part of the PHCP program is the bi-weekly seminar series that brings in speakers from Penn and elsewhere to talk about their research and careers linking biomedical research and public health.  This is also the forum in which PHCP students present progress reports and their final presentation on their public health project. Attendance is required for all PHCP students. In recognition of attendance and participation, students will receive credit for one semester (1 CU) of PUBH 5900 during their fourth or fifth year.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT:

PHCP students are expected to complete a short-term public health research project or independent study. Ideally, this project will focus on a question related to their PhD thesis, but that is not a requirement. Students can choose a public health advisor from the MPH faculty or they can substitute an alternative advisor with the permission of PHCP faculty directors.  As discussed above, students will present their final project at the PHCP seminar series.

Required Courses
PUBH 5020Introduction to the Principles and Methods of Epidemiology1
BIOM 6100Foundations in Statistics 11
Elective Courses
Choose 3 CUs3
Foundations of Public Health 2
Environmental and Occupational Health
Public Health Theories & Frameworks
Public Health Policy & Administration
Public Health Law & Ethics
Foundations of Global Health
Alternative MPH electives with advice or PHCP faculty advisors 4
Total Course Units5
1

Students interested in doing an analytic public health project are encouraged to take additional Biostatistics courses as necessary.

2

An introductory course is strongly recommended for PHCP students who have no prior experience and/or coursework in public health.

3

Up to one CU, with a primary focus on the PHCP Public Health Project.

4

Other public health courses across the University may be counted as electives, to be determined on a case-by-case basis with the permission of the PHCP faculty directors.

Non-Course Requirements:

PHCP SEMINAR SERIES:

A seminal part of the PHCP program is the bi-weekly seminar series that brings in speakers from Penn and elsewhere to talk about their research and careers linking biomedical research and public health.  This is also the forum in which PHCP students present progress reports and their final presentation on their public health project. Attendance is required for all PHCP students. In recognition of attendance and participation, students will receive credit for one semester (1 CU) of PUBH 5900 during their fourth or fifth year.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT:

PHCP students are expected to complete a short-term public health research project or independent study. Ideally, this project will focus on a question related to their PhD thesis, but that is not a requirement. Students can choose a public health advisor from the MPH faculty or they can substitute an alternative advisor with the permission of PHCP faculty directors.  As discussed above, students will present their final project at the PHCP seminar series.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.