Concepts and Tools of Epidemiology


The online Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is designed to combine basic training in epidemiologic concepts and methods with specialized training in epidemiologic disease areas and analytic/data skills. Required coursework provides an overview of basic epidemiologic concepts, methods and analytic/statistical tools while the electives provide more in-depth training in several epidemiologic specialty areas and the development of skills in data analysis/computer applications. The goal of the certificate is to provide students with an understanding of concepts and tools of epidemiology and in-depth knowledge of selected disease areas of public health importance.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


  • History and Systems (1 credit)
  • Population Assessment I (5 credits)
  • Or the two following Graduate level courses:
  • Epidemiology (3)
  • Biostatistics (3)

Total of 12 credit hours


9 credit hours

  • PHC 6010 - Epidemiology Methods I (3)
  • PHC 6051 - Biostatistics II (3)
  • PHC 6701 - Computer Applications for Public Health Researchers (3)


3 credit hours

One of the following analytical courses

  • PHC 6011 - Epidemiology Methods II
  • PHC 6053 - Categorical Data Analysis

Or one of the following specialization courses:

  • PHC 6591 - Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6008 - Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6002 - Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6007 - Cancer Epidemiology (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Aurora Sanchez-Anguiano, M.D., Ph.D.
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