The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology requires 12 credit hours of course work and may be taken independently or combined with an MPH degree. Specific competencies related to Epidemiology addressed by the certificate include the ability to:
- Articulate key role of epidemiology for informing health issues and in preserving and improving public health.
- Appropriately select and use information technology to identify, locate and access health-related data; accurately evaluate the integrity of the data and identify gaps in data.
- Analyze data arising from epidemiologic studies using appropriate software.
- Interpret the output of regression models from standard statistical programs and present the results in research papers and project reports.
- Evaluate outcome-based research on public health interventions for its potential use in public health practice.
- Develop skills in communicating community assessment and intervention findings to lay audiences.
Opportunity to Transition to the MPH Program
In order to be recommended for admission into the Master of Public Health Program, students must earn a B or better in each Graduate Certificate course. Course credits earned for the Graduate Certificate will be credited toward the Master of Public Health degree in the event that a student successfully completes the Certificate and decides to continue into the Master of Public Health Program.
Students who do not earn a B or better in each Graduate Certificate course may still submit a full application to the Master of Public Health Program. To be awarded the Certificate, a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all course work that applies to the Certificate program is required.