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This 12-credit certificate prepares you to conduct research or work in public health programs that will contribute to the improvement of health of LGBTQ populations.

LGBTQ Health Certificate

LGBTQ Health Certificate graduates will able to provide inclusive health care, programs, and services for LGBTQ populations through understanding LGBTQ health disparities; designing research with and for diverse LGBTQ populations; and serving as advocates against stigma, hate and discrimination.

The LGBTQ Health Certificate is Intended for:

  • Professionals from non-profit organizations;
  • State and local health department employees;
  • Health care professionals, such as clinicians;
  • Those working in the private sector;
  • Those working with LGBTQ communities; and
  • Those interested in learning about LGBTQ health.

Program Design

You can complete the LGBTQ Health Certificate in two to three semesters, or you can plan a schedule for completing the courses over a two-year period (maximum timeframe). The late afternoon/evening schedule makes it convenient to continue working or gain experience while earning your Certificate. The LGBTQ Health Certificate courses may also be applied toward a degree at the Rutgers School of Public Health depending on the degree program and concentration. Certificate holders must apply and be admitted to the degree program.

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Curriculum Requirements (12 credits)

  • UGPH 0640 - LGBTQ Health: History and Context (3 cr.)
  • UGPH 0644 - Methods for Research among Hidden Populations (3 cr.)
  • SBHS 0620 - LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (3 cr.)

Choose one of the following two:

  • UGPH 0646 - Transgender Health (3 cr.)
  • SBHS 0615 - Public Health Aspects of HIV Prevention and Care (3 cr.)

Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health may transfer up to six (6) credits towards a certificate program if earned within the past seven years with a grade of B or better and are deemed appropriate by the respective Certificate Program Coordinator.


Tuition is governed by Rutgers University and is subject to change without notice. Confirm current Rutgers School of Public Health’s Tuition & Fees

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Completed an accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. or its equivalent; and
  • Demonstrated academic achievement in an appropriate discipline.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application for admission;
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work;
  • Resume;
  • Letter of intent, including statement of purpose for application to the program;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; and
  • Application fee.

International applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL scores and WES evaluations.

Note: If undergraduate GPA is less than 2.8, the GRE may be required.