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Epidemiology Certificate

The online Certificate in Epidemiology, available as a standalone graduate certificate or as a set of electives within the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited Master of Public Health program. This Certificate equips students to apply epidemiologic and research methods to uncover the patterns, causes and effects of disease, and ultimately help solve public health issues.

Through research, education and policy, epidemiologists take on the task of uncovering trends and minimizing the risk and incidence of negative health outcomes. The skills required cross many disciplines from communication to the sciences.

Certificates can be completed as a standalone credential or while pursuing any of our graduate degree programs. All certificates can be completed within one academic year, taken one at a time each 8 week session and are all asynchronous.

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Certificate in Epidemiology Curriculum (15 credit hours required)

PBHL 5502 Introduction to Biostatistics
PBHL 5504 Introduction to Epidemiology
PBHL 6500 Research Methods in Public Health
PBHL 6101 Advanced Epidemiology
PBHL 6409 Applied Epidemiology

Through this program students will learn to:

  • Apply epidemiologic, research and biostatistical principles and methods to address, analyze and solve problems in public health.
  • Acquire skills in statistical software applications including Excel, SPSS, and SurveyMonkey.
  • Study patterns of health in populations to prevent and control health problems.
  • Apply fundamental research principles and methods to improve population health.
  • Interpret epidemiologic and research study findings considering potential biases.
  • Identify appropriate sampling strategies and data collection methods.
  • Develop a survey instrument.
  • Communicate findings clearly to both professional and lay audiences.

The demand for trained epidemiologists is on the rise. Employment in this field is expected to increase 30 percent from 2020 to 2030.2 Epidemiologists work for:

  • State and local health departments
  • Federal government agencies
  • Private health care and pharmaceutical companies
  • International and nongovernmental agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Medical centers

Applicants must demonstrate proof of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and must meet with a graduate student success advisor prior to registering and upon completion of the certificate courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 in certificate-applicable coursework is required to receive a certificate, with no grade lower than “C.”

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