Professional Development

Professional Certificate Admissions

We are currently not accepting applications for this program. 

We seek motivated, bright, articulate individuals who have a strong standard of personal ethics. No formula is employed in admission decision-making. Rather, each candidate is evaluated individually to assess compatibility between the applicant and the program. The following sets out the entrance requirements in more detail:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Work experience
  • Letter of reference

Undergraduate Degree

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta with a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on most 4-point grading systems, or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years or last 60 credits of full-time study (or equivalent) is required.

Work Experience

Applicants should possess a minimum of two years, full-time work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The School gives special consideration to professional experience in public health or related areas.

Your application should include a résumé with sufficient details of your professional work experience including months and years for each term of employment, full-time or part-time hours of work, and a brief description of employment duties. Education, volunteer experience(s), accomplishments achieved at work and any extracurricular activities should also be highlighted. 

Letter of Reference

Applicants are required to submit one letter of reference. This will assist the School in evaluating the candidate's managerial, administrative and academic skills. The letter of reference should be obtained from a current or past supervisor. Referees are asked to complete our standard referee form (Letter to Support Application).

Download the letter of reference and forward the form to your referee to complete, references must be emailed from the referee, directly to

English is the language of instruction in the School of Public Health. All applicants to any program or course need an adequate level of English language proficiency before admission. The University of Alberta reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of language proficiency to ensure success in academic programs.