The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The 2020 pandemic raised unprecedented ethical questions around control measures for the public good, from masks to vaccines to a temporary shutdown of the global economy. UMass Amherst’s Graduate Certificate in Public Health Ethics explores such ethical questions in public health practice with an emphasis on critical analysis of public health programs, policies, and laws.

Fully online and designed for working professionals, our 18-credit program offers an accredited micro-credential from a world-renowned research university. And because it’s online, you collaborate with students from across the country and the world. Should you decide to matriculate into our online MPH in public health practice degree program, 15 credits will transfer upon admission. As an online MPH candidate, you can also enroll in the Public Health Ethics Certificate at any time.

Public Health Ethics Graduate Certificate course requirements:

  • Three core courses (9 credits) in ethical issues in public health, health disparities, and public health law
  • Two electives: choose from health policy and politics to social justice and public health (6 credits)
  • Independent study in public health ethics (3 credits)