Program Description

In the 18-credit hour Public Health Graduate Certificate, Generalist concentration, students develop specific competencies in the areas of social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health systems.

What it costs

The cost is $564.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,421.75 per credit hour for out-of-state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Learning fee. New Student and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring.

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Program Summary

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Program: Public Health

Concentration: Generalist

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 18 total

Who should apply?

This program is ideally suited for those with public health-related experience or for students seeking to enhance a graduate degree program.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Learn from nationally recognized public health researchers and practitioners.
  • Develop the competencies and skills you need to advance your career at an affordable price.
  • Balance work, family, and life by attending full-time or part-time and learning on your schedule.
  • Develop a network of experienced professionals located around the world.
  • Culminate your learning experience with a hands-on field practicum in your community.

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 18 credits total

  • 15 credits core courses
  • 3 credits elective courses

Core Courses

  • GCH 560 Environmental Health | 3 credits
  • GCH 600 Health Promotion Methods | 3 credits
  • GCH 601 Introduction to Biostatistics | 3 credits
  • GCH 645 U.S. and Global Public Health Systems | 3 credits
  • GCH 712 Introduction to Epidemiology | 3 credits

Elective Courses

Select three credits from the following:

  • COMM 620 Health Communication | 3 credits
  • GCH 607 Evidence-Based Public Health Practice | 3 credits
  • GCH 610 Health Behavior Theory | 3 credits
  • GCH 640 Global Infectious Diseases | 3 credits
  • GCH 804 Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis for Health Care Research I | 3 credits
  • HAP 661 Policy Development and Analysis for Community Health Programs | 3 credits

Tuition (2018-2019)

Virginia Resident$564.00 per credit
Non-Virginia Resident$1,421.75 per credit
Distance Learning Fee$35 per credit
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Opportunities

A certificate enhances a student’s job opportunities by providing an additional area of expertise to a student’s main area of work.

The certificate may also provide an opportunity to “try out” public health without committing to a 42-credit Master’s program.

Program ContactKelly Beckwith
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-4555
College ContactCollege of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
Graduate Admissions
Phone: (703) 993-1736
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All applicants should review the College of Health and Human Services Graduate Admissions Standards. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.


The typical student admitted to the Public Health Graduate Certificate program (Generalist concentration) has a GPA above 3.0. Students must have at least two years’ work experience in a health-related field in order to apply.

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended from which you earned credit
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) about your professional plans and career objectives.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at or 703-993-1736.