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Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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

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 problems.
  • Plan and direct studies of public health problems to find ways to prevent and treat them if they arise.

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.  

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 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

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. One page cover letter and resume.

  5. 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  6. 2 Letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply .
  • Submit application fee.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Students Select 2 of the Following Courses6

Course Number:

CPH 622 Microbiology & Immunology for Public Health, CPH 723 Epidemiological Methods in Infectious Disease, CPH 725 Practice of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey 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 & Disease3

Course Number: CPH 605

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 Epidemiology3

Course Number: CPH 623

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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