Undergraduate Certificate Program Public Health Studies: Human Lactation

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Public Health Studies: Human Lactation Certificate Overview

The Certificate in Human Lactation offers comprehensive lactation training for:

  • Non-health professionals who want to become certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)
  • Health professionals want to become certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)
  • Students wishing to seek a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Studies with a focus on Human Lactation
  • Students interested in politics, policy, and research from the perspective of improving maternal and infant health outcomes

Degree Details

  • C
    Certificate Program
    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term

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Public Health Studies: Human Lactation Certificate: Why OHSU-PSU?

Our two universities, our city, and our state are recognized as national leaders in health exploration, innovation, and community-based partnership.

Our graduates emerge with degrees endorsed by both OHSU and PSU in a field in which demand is growing rapidly.

Your course of study is Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited and will provide you with the skills necessary to enter into the field of public health/community health, and the sub-discipline you choose.

We also provide a strong foundation and support for those wishing to pursue graduate study.

What can I do with a certificate in Human Lactation?

Completion of the IBLCE Pathway 2 Lactation Program enables students to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam. IBCLC designation enables students to provide advanced practice clinical lactation care for families in a variety of settings. Our IBLCE Pathway 2 Program offers 100 hours of lactation education and 300 hours of varied clinical experience directly supervised by IBCLCs. This program provides the perfect opportunity to network with the lactation community in order to seek employment as an IBCLC. Our graduates go on to work in hospitals, public health departments, donor milk banks, WIC Programs, OB and pediatric clinics, as educators teaching breastfeeding classes and facilitating parenting support groups, in private practice, in community organizations that support parenting families.

Featured Courses

  • PHE 418 Lactation Education
  • PHE 419 Lactation Education


  • PHE 420 Lactation Education
  • PHE 409 Practicum


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Our school is accredited by the Council for Education In Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health. Its work ensures that schools and programs are meeting the highest standards for education in public health disciplines.

Our MPH in Health Management and Policy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Ours is the only Health Management and Policy program in the state that is CAHME-accredited.

Our Human Lactation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).