Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 15
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Graduate Certificate is designed to offer instruction on the concepts, methods and application of epidemiological principles related to infectious disease. 

With the growing challenges resulting from the global spread of infectious diseases, practitioners of public health have a greater need for epidemiological tools to identify and control infectious diseases when they appear. 

Students choose this program to: 

  • Learn how to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education and health policy. 
  • Gain skills to collect and analyze data to find the causes of diseases or other health programs. 

Career Outlook: Epidemiological and public health capacity, which is the ability of state and local agencies to provide public health services and respond to emergencies, has increased dramatically over the past decade. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for epidemiologists is growing at a rate of 5%, as fast as the average for all occupations. 

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    One page personal statement describing the applicant's interest in and potential for contributing to the field of infectious disease epidemiology and career objectives.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. One page cover letter and resume.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration.
  2. Submit application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of surveys and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.
CPH 605Human Health and Disease in Public Health3
This course is designed to provide graduate students and health professionals with the knowledge of the physiology of the human health and the essential concepts of disease processes. It demonstrates the relevance and application of disease biology knowledge to the epidemiological research and practice. Students will learn how the human physiology works and the changes in pathophysiology. Students will learn specific disorders specifically pathophysiology, etiology, clinical signs, symptoms, and outcomes. Understanding pathophysiology will allow students to comprehend variations in disease burden, distribution and natural history at the individual and population levels. Students will learn about major diseases that have global public health importance.
CPH 623Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Methods3
This course is designed to provide graduate students and health professionals with an understanding or the principles and methods or infectious disease epidemiology. Students will conceptualize, critically evaluate, and apply theories or epidemiology to infections affecting human populations. Students will demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking of infectious diseases, diagnostic techniques, immune responses, and microbial adaptations. Students are expected to actively engage in class discussions as they learn about specific Infectious diseases. Students will conceptualize disease transmission dynamics and apply the concepts of disease transmission to understand disease burden and transmission patterns in population. Students will be able to evaluate compartmental models and apply these models to infectious diseases. Students will also learn how to formulate research questions, develop study aims, build research designs, and measure outcomes in Infectious diseases.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 622Microbiology & Immunology for Public Health3
Microbiology has been the cornerstone for scientific discovery and advancement. This course is designed for graduate students and public health professionals interested in infectious diseases and their control, prevention and eradication. Students will learn to specifically apply the knowledge of microbiology and immunology for the benefit of public health. It is suitable for all graduate students and health professionals who wish to have experience in the planning of public health response in communicable diseases. A variety of methods such as assignments, intensive class discussions, quizzes, and a group presentation focusing on the use of microbiology and immunology in public health response, are incorporated to facilitate student-centered and collaborative learning.
CPH 725The Practice of Infectious Disease Epidemiology3
This course is designed to provide practical experience to students obtaining a PhD degree in Epidemiology with a concentration in Infectious Diseases (It may, however, be taken as an elective by doctoral-level students in other areas of concentration within the College of Public Health) As such, it covers practical problems which might arise in the practice of infectious disease epidemiology and is designed to prepare students about to embark on "real-world" careers with local and state health departments, clinical institutions, NGOs, and industry. These problems include (but are not limited to): bioterrorism preparation and response; planning for and managing patients with highly hazardous communicable diseases; implementing immunization programs; instituting and managing infection control and antibiotic stewardship programs; implementing isolation and quarantine orders; crafting patient safety initiatives; and overseeing quality assurance and laboratory management programs.
CPH 723Epidemiological Methods in Infectious Disease Outbreak Investigations3
What happens when a public health professional receives the first phone call about a potential outbreak? It triggers a chain of events and activities focused on identifying and containing the outbreak in a timely manner. In this course, students will learn about the different components of an outbreak investigation. Each outbreak is a unique event that requires the expertise in field epidemiology methods. This course is designed for graduate students and health professionals to learn these skills through in-class lectures, readings, class discussions and simulations. Faculty from the Department of Epidemiology will teach this course in cooperation with professionals from State and County Health Departments to offer an authentic learning experience. Real world examples will help in translating the theoretical principles into field procedures and protocols followed during outbreak investigations.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$597.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1791.00

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$597.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1791.00
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 01