Certificate Program

Certificate Program

Certificate in Public Health Sciences
for Resident and Fellow Physicians

The Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS)  co-sponsor the Certificate in Public Health Sciences for Resident and Fellow Physicians.

Official University of Virginia Certificates are awarded upon completion of four graduate-level courses specifically designed for the program. Three tracks currently are offered: Clinical Research, Health Systems/Policy, and Global Health.

The newly established certificate program is supported by the Health Sciences Center administration and provides the opportunity to attend special, intense two-week courses, such as Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which are taught by DPHS faculty.

The certificate courses are Graduate School of Arts & Sciences courses that are officially recorded on university transcripts, and these courses cover the same material as regular semester-long courses on the same topics.  Attendance at all class sessions, therefore, is required.  It is understood that residents and fellows will have no clinical responsibilities (including continuity clinic) during the two-week course period.

The academic credits earned can later be applied to the two graduate degree programs offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences: Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Clinical Research.

Certificate courses are offered during two-week special terms, in July/August and January of each year. For all three tracks, the required courses are "Fundamentals of Epidemiology" (summer) and "Introduction to Biostatistics" (January).

Students in the Health Systems/Policy track must take "Health of the Public: Policy, Management, and Leadership."

Students in the Clinical Research track must take "Epidemiology and Translational Research."

Students in the Global Health track must take "Global Health Policy and Practice."

All students can choose one elective from additional courses depending on course offerings in any given year.  In addition, students will be required to write a culminating paper on a topic related to their track.

All residents and fellows who meet eligibility requirements (see below) may apply to take courses in the Certificate Program.  Tuition payments will be granted on a first-come, first serve basis to those who meet the eligibility requirements (see below).



There are several important eligibility requirements.

First, residents and fellows cannot register without the permission of their program directors.  When program directors grant permission to take the courses, it is understood that residents and fellows will have no clinical responsibilities (including continuity clinic) during the two-week course period so that they can attend all class sessions.

In addition, in order to be eligible for tuition payments, residents and fellows will need to meet in-state residency requirements. In general, in-state residence status is granted to those who have been living in Virginia for at least 12 months, and in addition have either filed Virginia state income tax returns or possess a Virginia driver's license. For a fuller description of in-state residency status, please visit http://www.virginia.edu/provost/vastatus/faq.html.

Finally, the initial step in registration is to complete the pre-registration form and send it electronically to Pam Acker in the GME office at pan3f@virginia.edu.  Once the GME Office has confirmed an applicants' eligibility, they will be contacted by Tracey Brookman, Academic Program Administrator for the Dept of Public Health Sciences, to finalize official registration.




In Summer 2014, we are offering the following courses:

July 7-18

  • Fundamental of Epidemiology, 8AM - Noon, Faculty: Jean Eby
  • Qual Mngt in HC Orgs,  1:00 - 5:00pm, Faculty: Armando Bolmey & Wendy Novicoff


July 21- August 1

  • Clinical Ethics,  1:00-5:00pm,  Instructor Mary Faith Marshall




In January of 2015, we are offering the following courses:


  • Introduction to Biostatistics, 8AM - Noon


  • Ethics and Law of Human Subject Research, 1:00 - 5:00PM 


For more information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Medical Education
Office Location:  2461 Barringer Hall
Hours:  8:00 am - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Phone: (434) 924-2047

Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH
Director of Master of Public Health Program
Department of Public Health Sciences
Tel: 1-434-924-3487
Email: rg3r@virginia.edu

Tracey Brookman
Academic Programs Administrator
Department of Public Health Sciences
Tel: 1-434-924-8646
Email: tlc5q@virginia.edu


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R. Edward Howell, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Virginia Medical Center (2nd from right above) and Susan Kirk, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (at right above) met with students to launch the certificate program.