Public Health and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

Why get a public health and homeland security certificate from Missouri State?

If you are interested in gaining advanced knowledge and skills related to how public health influences homeland security but your career goals do not require a master's degree, consider the graduate certificate in public health and homeland security.

Admission requirements

Admission to the certificate program is separate from admission to the Master of Public Health program; however students can acquire one certificate while in the process of completing the MPH. For those seeking admission only to the certificate, the following are required:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university.
  2. Minimum 2.75 GPA.
  3. A statement of purpose describing why the student wants to obtain a graduate certificate.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  5. For international students, a current TOEFL or IELTS score.

Admission to the graduate certificate program does not guarantee admission to the Master of Public Health program. All coursework toward the certificate must have been taken after January 1, 2013. International students must meet all requirements stipulated by International Services. Courses without the PBH prefix may not be accepted for credit.

Course requirements - 15 hrs

The certificate in Public Health and Homeland Security can be completed entirely online though PBH 771, PLS 772 and PLS 773 are not offered online and some other courses are offered online in alternating years.

Choose 3 courses from list below:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
PBH 720 Epidemiology 3 hrs
PBH 730 Biostatistics for Health Sciences 3 hrs
PBH 740 Health Behavior 3 hrs
PBH 745 Environmental Health 3 hrs
PBH 775 Principles and Skills of Public Health Administration 3 hrs
PBH 781 Public Health Preparedness 3 hrs
 Choose 2 courses from list below:
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
PLS 717 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security 3 hrs
PLS 719 Strategic Planning & Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Security 3 hrs
PLS 772 Introduction to Public Safety 3 hrs
PLS 773 Hazard Analysis, Mitigation & Preparedness 3 hrs
CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Defense & Security 3 hrs
CRM 745 Topics in Homeland Defense & Security 3 hrs