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Health and Society Graduate Certificate

Learn to address systemic health inequities and understand how these impact public policy and business practices.

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  • Next Start Term: Fall 2024

    Registration Opens July 22

What You'll Learn

In this professional graduate certificate, you will take a biosocial approach to understanding human health, healthcare, and public health systems. You will examine biological, social, psychological, and philosophical aspects of disease, pandemics, and medical care. Additionally, you will explore ways to address systemic inequities and improve policy and business practices.

  • Explore how structural social inequalities influence health practices, outcomes, and decision making, and gain tools and strategies for advancing health justice
  • Understand the multifaceted effects of disease on an organism through the lens of epidemiology, immunology, physiology, or neurology
  • Analyze historical and current public health policies, particularly during times of crisis
  • Understand the impact of epidemics on society, research, business, and economies

Certificate Courses

The liberal arts graduate certificate Health and Society requires four courses. You may choose from the following course groups, using the certificate course search:

  • Human Health (choose one course from select group)
  • Society (choose one course from select group)
  • Electives (choose two courses from select group)

Courses taken before the 2020-2021 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.

Pre-Register for Fall 2024

Fall registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Prepare early by:

  • Creating your MyDCE student account.
  • Completing the pre-registration steps.
  • Saving courses to your cart.

How to Pre-Register →

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete 16 certificate credits at the graduate level.
    • This can be accomplished by completing three 4-credit certificate courses and two 2-credit certificate courses, or four 4-credit certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Prerequisite Experience

Students should have a background in basic biology at the level of BIOS 1A, or equivalent.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360