Certificate Requirements

All students enrolled in the certificate program must complete a minimum of 12 credits. Students must obtain a C or satisfactory in courses for those grades to count toward the certificate.

  • PUBHLTH 512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (3 credits)
  • EPID 600: Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • EPID 601: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (4 credits)

  • EPID 514: Social Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • EPID 617: Social Epidemiology II: Social and Economic Determinants of Population Health (3 credits)
  • EPID 618: Global Social Epidemiology (3 credits)

As a multidisciplinary program, students are encouraged to take courses outside of the Epidemiology department. Elective options include, but are not limited to, courses from the following Departments: Environmental Health Sciences, Health Behavior and Health Education, Health Management and Policy, and Nutrition.

  • EPID 617: Social Epidemiology II: Social and Economic Determinants of Population Health (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • EPID 679: Epidemiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • EPID 684: Theory and Applications of Spatial Epidemiology (Winter, 3 Credits) (Not offered 2020-2021)
  • EPID 677: Epidemiology of Aging (Fall, 2 Credits)
  • EPID 618: Global Social Epidemiology (Fall, 3 Credits)
  • EPID 666: Health and Socioeconomic Development (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • EPID 663: Health, Evidence, and Human Rights (Fall, 3 Credits)
  • EPID 761: Social Determinants of Population Health (Summer, 1 Credit)
  • HMP 626: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health Policy (Fall, Winter, 3 Credits)
  • HMP 693: Mental Health Policy in the United States (Fall, 3 Credits)
  • HBEHED 540: Fundamentals of Reproductive Health (Fall, 3 Credits)
  • HBEHED 613: Confronting and Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • HBEHED 615: Sexual Health Promotion (Winter, 3 Credits) (Not offered 2020-2021)
  • HBEHED 629: Families and Health (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • HBEHED 634: Child Health and Development (Fall, 3 Credits)
  • HBEHED 645: Urban Health ( Winter, 3 Credits) (Not offered 2020-2021)
  • HBHE 677 Health Impacts of Immigration Law Enforcement in the U.S.
  • HBEHED 693: Seminar on Health and Poverty (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • NUTR 650: Socio-ecological approaches to child and adolescent nutrition (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • NUTR 540: Maternal and Child Nutrition (Winter, 2 Credits)
  • NUTR 585: Food Service Management (Winter, 2 Credits) (Not offered 2020-2021)
  • EHS614: Water and Global Health (Winter, 2 Credits)
  • EHS683: Air Pollution and Global Health (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • PUBHLTH 507: Social Determinants Of Health And Health Communication (Winter, 3 Credits)
  • PUBHLTH 508: Social Determinants Of Health (Fall, 1 Credit)
  • SW 600: Behavioral, Psychosocial and Ecological Aspects of Health, Mental Health and Disease
  • SW 606: Mental Health Disorders in Adulthood
  • SW 612: Mental Health and Mental Disorders of Children and Youth
  • HMP 627: Health and Populations [No longer offered]
  • HMP 638: Measuring and Monitoring Population Health [No longer offered]
  • HMP 639: Immigration and Health [No longer offered]


The Certificate in Social Epidemiology is housed in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population (CSEPH) and is designed to provide and strengthen the interdisciplinary skills needed to understand and address the social factors that influence population health and health disparities.

Upon completion of the Social Epidemiology Certificate Program students will have acquired experience in a minimum of five of the following competencies:

  • Understanding of the core definitions, concepts, and theoretical frameworks of social epidemiology in both historic and modern contexts.
  • Be exposed to the principles of social epidemiology and their application to public health research and practice.
  • Be able to describe preventable and systemic causes of health inequities and inequalities.
  • Be able to think critically about the ways that psychosocial factors contribute to population health and health inequities.
  • Be exposed to career opportunities in the field of social epidemiology.