Professional Opportunities

UM Public Health Certificate Grant Program

The Montana Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) has teamed up with the University of Montana’s (UM) School of Public and Community Health Sciences to offer Montana public health employees the opportunity to participate in the School’s certificate programs.

UM offers year-long, online certificate programs designed for working professionals who would like to advance their education in public health, epidemiology, or environmental health, but aren’t ready or wanting to earn a Master’s Degree.

This opportunity is available to Montana government employees working as State, Local, and Tribal public health officials who wish to have formal training in public health to broaden their knowledge of public health issues and concepts.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, one (1) year of public health experience, employment within a Montana health department, and access to a computer and internet.

What programs are offered?
·        Certificate in Public Health (CPH)
·        Certificate in Epidemiology (CE)
·        Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS)
·        Certificate in Public Health Administration (CPHA)

Find the application form below and please read through all of the FAQs below for more information.

Did you know? You can apply 12 of these certificate credits to a Masters in Public Health, which requires 42. That's only 30 more that you would need!

Application

UM Public Health Certificate Application Form

 MPHTC has funding to award educational grants to several students. If approved, MPHTC will cover most of the tuition and fees, textbooks, and the program application fee. Student awardees or their employers are expected to pay a $550 copay each semester, payable directly to the University.

Any State, Local, and Tribal public health employee can apply. Applications are due by March 1, 2022.

Awardees will be notified by February 1st so they can begin the UM application process which is separate.

Certificate Program FAQs

  • Certificate in Public Health (CPH)
  • Certificate in Epidemiology (CE)
  • Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS)
  • Certificate in Public Health Administration (CPHA)*

 *Note: CPHA requires on-campus course attendance in Missoula. 

For the current, active cohort: August 2021 – December 2022.
Our next upcoming cohort: May 2022 - July 2023.
All certificate programs are completed over 4 semesters or 1 year. 
Each of the certificate programs is designed for Montana state, local, and Tribal public health employees who would benefit from formal public health training, as well as those who wish to broaden their knowledge of public health issues and concepts. The programs’ classes are graduate level, and individuals receive graduate credit for each completed class. At minimum, a bachelor’s degree, one (1) year of public health work experience, employment with a Montana public health department, and access to a computer and the internet are required to apply for the program. 
The total estimated cost for students is approximately $6200 (subject to decision by the Board of Regents).

MPHTC has funding to award educational grants to several students. If approved, MPHTC will cover most of the tuition and fees, textbooks, and the program application fee. Student awardees or their employers are expected to pay a $550 copay each semester, payable directly to the University.
  1. Obtain approval from your Lead Local Public Health Official, or Bureau Chief if you are a DPHHS/PHSD employee.
  2. Complete MPHTC application for an educational grant.
  3. Email completed applications to Emily Weiler at emily1.weiler@umontana.edu
    1. Mail to 32 Campus Drive, Skaggs 177, Missoula, MT 59812 (Attn: Emily Weiler)
    2. Or fax to 406-243-4525 (Attn: Emily Weiler)
  4. MPHTC will review applications and determine who will receive educational grants.
  5. MPHTC will notify applicants if approved for an educational grant.
  6. Approved applicants will then complete the University of Montana online application.

 

  • Maintain government employment with state, local, or tribal health department in Montana
  • Maintain a grade of ‘B’ or higher in all certificate courses
  • Participate fully in program activities to completion
  • Engage weekly in program webinars and sessions
  1. Complete online application form
  2. Obtain 3 letters of recommendation
  3. Write a personal statement
  4. Update your CV or resume
  5. Obtain official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Visit the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences website for more on requirements.

Visit the UM Graduate School’s website for more details on admission.

*Note: GRE is not required for certificate programs.

Applications for educational grants are due to MPHTC by January 14, 2022. Applications for UM admission are due on March 1, 2022.
No, UM will review applications separately and decide based on their own criteria.
Applicants will be notified by February 1, 2022 if they have been accepted by the MPHTC to apply to the program. UM will notify applicants if they have been accepted by a date to be determined. 
No. You must have already completed a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university to participate in a certificate program. Certificate courses are graduate level courses.
  1. Certificate in Public Health (CPH)

Students may take 4 public health core courses, or 3 core courses and 1 elective. Courses will be selected by students at the beginning of the program with a supervisor and UM advisor.

Core Courses

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 510- Introduction to Epidemiology*

3

Online

PUBH 550- Program Evaluation & Research Methods*

3

Online

PUBH 520- Fundamentals of Biostatistics

OR

STAT 451 – Statistical Methods I and

STAT 457 – Computer Data Analysis I

(4 Credits, Autumn, at UM-Msla)

AND

STAT 452 – Statistical Methods II and

STAT 458 – Computer Data Analysis II

(4 Credits, Spring, at UM-Msla)

3

Online

PUBH 530- Public Health Administration & Management

3

Online

PUBH 535- Health Policy

3

Online

PUBH 540- Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

3

Online

PUBH 560- Environmental and Rural Health

3

Online

PUBH 570- Ethical Issues in Public Health

3

Online

PUBH 580- Rural Health Issues in a Global Context

3

Online

*Note: Educational grant awardees are required to take either PUBH 510 or PUB 550.

 

Elective Courses

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 511- History & Theory of Epidemiology

3

Online

PUBH 515- Public Health Genetics

3

Online

PUBH 525- Multicultural and Native American Public Health

3

Online

PUBH 590- Research

3

Online

PUBH 591- Issues in Maternal & Child Health

3

Online

PUBH 591- Various Topics

3

Online

PUBH 592- Independent Study

3

Online

 

  1. Certificate in Epidemiology (CE)

Students are required to take 2 epidemiology courses and 2 elective courses. Courses will be selected by students at the beginning of the program with a supervisor and UM advisor.

 

Course Name (Required)

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 510- Introduction to Epidemiology

3

Online

PUBH 520- Fundamentals of Biostatistics

3

Online

 

Course Name (Elective)

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 591:  Communicable Diseases: Epidemiology and Control

3

Online

PUBH 591: Spatial Epidemiology

3

Online

PUBH 612:  Neuroepidemiology

3

Hybrid

PUBH 613:  Spatial Epidemiology

3

Hybrid

PUBH 614:  Environmental and Occupational Epi

3

Hybrid

PUBH 620:  Advanced Quantitative Methods I

3

Hybrid

PUBH 621:  Advanced Quantitative Methods II

3

Hybrid

 

  1. Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS)

Students are required to take the following 4 core environmental health courses.

 

Course Name (Required)

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 560- Environmental and Rural Health

3

Online

PUBH 510- Introduction to Epidemiology

3

Online

PUBH 591- Indoor Environmental Quality

3

Online

PUBH 596- Independent Study in Environmental Health Sciences

3

Online

 

  1. Certificate in Public Health Administration (CPHA)*

Students are required to take 1 public health administration course and 3 electives. Courses will be selected by students at the beginning of the program with a supervisor and UM advisor.

*Note: CPHA requires on-campus course attendance in Missoula.

 

Course Name (Required)

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 530-  Public Health Administration and Management

3

Online

 

Course Name (Elective)

Credits

Delivery

PUBH 535-  Health Policy 

3

Online

PUBH 550- Program Evaluation and Research Methods

3

Online

PUAD 522- Human Resource Management

3

Online

PUAD 504- Organization Theory

3

Campus

PUAD 505- Budgeting and Finance

3

Campus

PUAD 503- Policy Analysis

3

Online

PSCI 463-  Development Administration

3

Campus

PSCI 524-  Management Skills 

3

Campus

All certificate programs will be held over a 15-month period from May 2022 through July 2023. Each program requires 4 completed courses, or 1 course each semester. The program will follow UM’s scheduled breaks. For more information see the UM Academic Calendar.

Students are required to participate in weekly classes via webinar during work hours and complete weekly assignments throughout the program. Students should be willing to devote approximately 10 hours of course work to the program each week.

A certificate is a great way to get started on an MPH, though admission to a certificate program does not guarantee admission into the MPH program. Each certificate amounts to 12 graduate credits.

For detailed information and program curriculum visit the MPH website.

All courses are web-based and conducted through a distance learning platform, apart from the CPHA. One on campus course is required to complete the CPHA.

Hardware requirements:

  • 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor or better
  • 128 MB or more of RAM
  • 56 Kbps or better modem or DSL (recommended)
  • 16 bit or better sound card and speakers
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Windows: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or Windows XP; Mac: OS 8 or greater
  • Webcam and microphone (recommended)

Software requirements:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 6.X or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat reader 4.0 or higher
  • Latest version of Java
  • Email that can send attachments

For further questions, please contact:

Emily Weiler – Montana Public Health Training Center Director

406-243-4991 or emily1.weiler@umontana.edu