Program Description

In the 18-credit hour Public Health Graduate Certificate, Generalist concentration, allows students to take up to six core classes required of the MPH program.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $698.00 per credit hour for VA state residents and $693.25 per credit hour for Non-VA residents. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring. For all application information and deadlines, see the Admissions site.

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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?

To be eligible for admission to this certificate program, applicants must have two years of full-time work experience and currently be working in a health-related field.

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.

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 500 Foundations in Public Health | 3 credits
  • GCH 604 Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics | 3 credits
  • GCH 609 Community Assessment and Partnership | 3 credits
  • GCH 645 U.S. and Global Public Health Systems | 3 credits
  • HAP 640 Current Issues in Health Policy | 3 credits

Elective Courses

Select three credits from the following:

  • COMM 637 Risk Communication | 3 credits
  • GCH 535 Public Health Preparedness and Response | 3 credits
  • GCH 560 Environmental Health | 3 credits
  • GCH 601 Introduction to Biostatistics | 3 credits
  • GCH 607 Evidence-Based Public Health Practice | 3 credits
  • GCH 611 Health Program Planning and Evaluation | 3 credits
  • GCH 632 SAS for Health Research | 3 credits
  • GCH 691 Project Management for Public Health | 3 credits
  • NUTR 630 Global Nutrition | 3 credits

Tuition (2021-2022)

Virginia Resident$547.75
Non-Virginia Resident$693.25
Mandatory Student Fee $150.25
Total Cost per Credit for VA Residents $698.00
Total Cost per Credit for Non-VA Residents $693.25
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not offered for the Public Health Graduate Certificate, Generalist concentration.

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, 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.