Marshall offers online public health certificate program

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University’s College of Health Professions is now offering a new online public health certificate program.

This program caters to the needs of individuals already working or wishing to work in a health-care setting and will allow them to receive professional credentials in the field of public health, according to Dr. Monika Sawhney, director of the college’s undergraduate public health program.

“This certificate program is perfect for the health-care professional who wants to explore options within the field of public health. A federal government initiative named Healthy People 2020 has highlighted a need for health care providers to deal with prevention and treatment of diseases. This program will help to meet the demand for health care workers,” Sawhney said. “Whether you’re an international student or a member of our military, this program will enhance your academic qualifications while completing your primary degree.”

Sawhney said the program requires 15 hours of undergraduate course credit. It is offered online and on site with a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the working population.

“Additionally, students can use the certificate program to increase chances of gaining admission to medical, pharmacy, physician assistant, public health and other health majors at the undergraduate and graduate level,” Sawhney said.

Deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 1. Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a professional development student and select “Public Health Certificate” on the application form. Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the catalog or as described on Marshall University’s Admissions website at

For more information on Marshall’s new public health certificate program, contact Sawhney by email at [email protected] or call 304-696-2602. To learn more about the college’s Department of Public Health, visit the department’s website at or visit online.

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