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Public Health Law Research Certificate

The Public Health Law Research Graduate Certificate focuses on the emerging field of public health law research, which is the scientific study of the effects of laws and legal practices on health. The interprofessional certificate provides foundational training in public health law and related research methods, with a specific focus on the evaluation of policies and laws.

The field of public health law research generates evidence that can inform policy initiatives in order to advance health and well-being. The certificate is offered in association with the Center for Public Health Law Research, founded in 2009 at Temple University, which has built a theoretical foundation for the field, developed innovative research methods for policy evaluation, and is working on translational research in order to use evidence in improving public health practice.

As a student in the certificate program, you will learn to:

  • Conceptualize and design a public health law study
  • Develop techniques for collecting and coding laws
  • Learn to conduct advanced statistical analysis on a legal dataset
  • Implement a full evaluation of a set of laws under the mentorship of a graduate faculty member during an independent research project

What sets apart our Public Health Law Research certificate?

  • A unique, interdisciplinary program. Temple’s Center for Public Health Law Research is a pioneer in the field, and the certificate is the only one of its kind in the nation.
  • Designed for working professionals nationwide. The certificate is designed for current graduate students both within and outside of Temple University, as well as students with a bachelor’s degree who may be interested in pursuing a related graduate program at the College of Public Health, such as the PhD in Health Policy or the MPH in Health Policy and Management.
  • Work with nationally renowned faculty. Courses are taught by nationally-recognized faculty in Temple’s College of Public Health and Beasley School of Law, who conduct innovative research on policies and laws concerning controlled substances, chronic disease, concussion, and other health-related areas.

Program Format

The 12-credit, four-course certificate program is available either as an independent program or as a supplement to your primary graduate degree at Temple University. You can complete the certificate entirely online on a part-time basis, finishing in two years or less.

See a full list of program courses here.

Tuition and Fees

The Public Health Law Research certificate program offers a competitive level of tuition. Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

Admissions Information

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required.

Students must have completed an intro level biostatistics course prior to enrolling in the Multivariate Biostatistics course.

Admissions Process

The admissions process depends on your student status.

If you are currently a matriculated graduate student at Temple University, contact Theresa White, senior graduate advisor, at theresawhite@temple.edu or 215-204-5105 to enroll. 

If you are not currently a matriculated graduate student at Temple University, you must submit the following credentials.

Additional Requirements for International Students whose native language is not English:

A minimum TOEFL scoreof 79 iBT or 550 PBT is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 would also be considered. 

Application Deadline

Applicants may begin this program in the fall, spring or summer term. The application deadline is rolling.