Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Graduate Public Health Certificate

College: Health and Social Services

Program Category: Online

Description: The proposed graduate certificate program in public health is not an official graduate degree offered by NMSU but rather a focused collection of courses that enrolled students complete in public health. These courses are designed to provide and/or enhance students' knowledge of and skills in public health practice. Those students who successfully complete the previously listed courses receive a certificate of completion statement on the official transcript and a formal certificate from the university

Delivery method: Online and on-campus format


The proposed certificate program will include 5 courses worth a total of 15-credit hours offered in both an online and on-campus format. The courses included in the certificate program and brief description of the courses are listed below:

  • MPH 510 - Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health (3.0 Credit Hours)
  • MPH 530 - Epidemiological Approaches to Diseases Control and Prevention (3.0 Credit Hours)
  • MPH 540 - Health Services Systems: Administration and Organization (3.0 Credit Hours)
  • MPH 550 - Environmental Public Health Issues (3.0 Credit Hours)
  • Students are required to complete a three credit elective

Please read the Gainful Employment Disclosure Information for Certificate Programs

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Incoming students are required to meet the following admission requirements: all of the admission requirements of the Graduate School in addition to the following departmental admissions requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institute of higher education.
  • Application completed via the Graduate School ( select Graduate Public Health Certificate).
  • Include at least two letters of references from former faculty, employers, and/or colleges.

To apply:

Apply online to the NMSU Graduate Student Services Office or by mail:
Graduate Student Services Office
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-5746

International students are required to contact the Center for International Programs at 575 646-5480

Accreditation: There is no accreditation for the certificate program. However, the MPH program that the department offers both online and
face-to-face is accredited. The course content offered in the certificate is similar to that in the MPH program.

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Graduate Public Health Certificate

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2015-09-02