The Certificate in Foundations in Public Health trains highly skilled professionals with a fundamental understanding in the five core areas of public health, enabling them to protect and improve the health of communities.

Challenges to optimal health and well-being are increasingly multifaceted. To meet them, the public health graduate certificate provides you with the fundamental skills and knowledge of the five core areas of public health: social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health systems. You’ll get state-of-the-art interdisciplinary training that applies across multiple sectors to help you understand the dynamic behavioral, biological, social, cultural, and economic influences affecting local and global outcomes. Our certificate program prepares you to improve public health through assessment, policy development, environmental change, and health promotion research.

Program Highlights
  • The SCGH Student Association provides opportunities for leadership and impact through intellectual, social, and cultural contributions that meet the needs of public health students through community service, dialogue, and special events.
  • Courses completed with B grade or better in the certificate program may be applied toward completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.
  • You can pursue the certificate in foundations of public health in conjunction with another degree program, such as an MA in economics. You earn a diploma/credential for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.
  • This program is ideal for diverse audiences, including allied working professionals and students in affiliated graduate programs within the Claremont University Consortium.
  • Proximity to local health departments in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties provides employment and educational opportunities for students.

Program at a Glance

20 units

1 year

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

Certificate in Foundations in Public Health

Featured Courses

CGH 300
Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion & Education

Explores and critiques theoretical foundations of health promotion programs and provides information about applications in varied health promotion settings.

CGH 301

Utilizes the most commonly used statistical methods in clinical and experimental research, such as selecting the most appropriate data analytic methods and applying them to actual data.

CGH 302

Provides an overview of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations and the skills and knowledge to investigate the epidemiology of a specific disease or other health-related phenomenon.

CGH 304
Environmental & Occupational Health

Provides a broad overview of the field of environmental and occupational health that will help you develop a public health approach to understanding and preventing disease and disability.

CGH 303
Health Services in the U.S. & Abroad

Examines the health care delivery system to understand contemporary issues affecting the health of the American and international public and the institutions that provide health services and protect health.

Faculty & Research

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Distinguished University Professor
    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Executive Director, The Evaluators' Institute (TEI)

    Research Interests

    Positive Organizational Psychology, Health/Well-Being & Positive Functioning Across Cultures, Program Design & Re-Design, Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Measurement & Evaluation

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

    The Evaluators’ Institute

  • C. Anderson Johnson profile image

    C. Anderson Johnson

    Founding Dean, School of Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Transnational prevention of tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse, HIV-AIDS, and obesity; Community-based substance abuse prevention; Social and environmental influences on health; Community and mass media approaches to health

  • Paula Healani Palmer profile image

    Paula Healani Palmer

    Associate Professor of Community and Global Health
    Director of the PhD in Health Promotion Sciences program

    Research Interests

    Determinants of health among ethnically diverse populations; Community-based participatory research among under-served, underrepresented populations; Health of Pacific Islanders and South Asians; Technology applications for health behavior interventions; Tobacco control, mental health, disaster management, health of migrants and indigenous peoples; Maternal and child health

  • Darleen V. Peterson profile image

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education Accreditation

  • Kim D. Reynolds profile image

    Kim D. Reynolds


    Research Interests

    Nutrition and physical activity, Health promotion and disease prevention, Diabetes and obesity

  • Alan Stacy profile image

    Alan Stacy

    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    Research Interests

    Application of theories and methods of human memory; Cognitive neuroscience and social cognition to health behavior: etiology, prevention, and media effects; Translation of basic research to field research, high-risk populations, and prevention; Validation issues in assessment

  • Bin Xie profile image

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health
    Director of the Applied Biostatistics (MS) program

    Research Interests

    Obesity prevention; Tobacco control; Diet, physical activity, body image in adolescents; Psychological adjustment to obesity; Diabetes and cancer; Application of statistical analysis in prevention research

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Brittany Galvez

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-6728