Public Health Data Science (Advanced Certificate)

Program Description

Public Health Data Science draws upon methods from statistics, epidemiology and computer science. The advanced certificate in Public Health Data Science will provide students and practitioners with training in biostatistics, epidemiology, regression and data science, as applied to public health research and practice.  This will prepare them to work at the intersection of these fields to advance public health research and practice.

Who Should Enroll?

The advanced certificate is currently open to non-student professionals and GPH students in the MPH and MS programs. Current GPH students should review the curriculum page for further information. Students will work in many possible settings.  The certificate training provides a very broad base of knowledge that will gain them entry into several types of positions:

  • Academic Medical Center, e.g., Biostatistics Departments, Predictive Analytics Cores
  • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Health Insurance Company
  • Financial Consulting
  • UNICEF, WHO, etc.


Applicants must have already obtained an undergraduate degree. They should have work experience in data science OR they should be currently enrolled in or have completed a Masters of Public Health, a Masters of Science in Biostatistics, a Masters of Science in Epidemiology, a PhD in Public Health, a Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Public Administration, Law or Medical, Dental or Nursing degree program. Other graduate degree programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They should be able to articulate a clear interest in and understanding of Public Health Data Science.


Current NYU GPH students should fill out the online application found here.

Non-NYU students should apply online through SOPHAS Express, the common application for schools and programs of public health. In order to be eligible for the certificate, you must hold the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or US equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA

To apply, you must submit your application as well as the following materials:

  • Scanned copies of transcripts for all post-secondary education completed, regardless of whether a degree was awarded
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement of no longer than 1200 words expressing a rationale for pursuing the certificate
  • 1 letter of support from either a professional or academic reference

The certificate programs are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms and follow the NYU academic calendar.