Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention Epidemiology

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention Epidemiology

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention Epidemiology is a 100 percent online, 15-credit hour program of study designed for working professionals who are interested in epidemiologic principles related to infectious diseases and practices used to improve population and patient health.

As a student in this program, you learn to recognize public health problems and collaborate with others to address them. You learn how to conduct an epidemiological investigation, from creating hypotheses to working with data and software. You master the basic and advanced analytical techniques necessary in the field of epidemiology.

This program may be of interest if you plan on working in public health, becoming an epidemiologist, joining an infection control and prevention team at a hospital or health care setting, or pursuing graduate or professional education. All credits earned in this certificate program are transferable to the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (IUPUI).

Application deadlines

Fall semester deadlines

U.S. applicants: July 1
International applicants: April 1

Spring semester deadlines

U.S. applicants: November 1
International applicants: September 15

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention Epidemiology may apply directly through SOPHAS Express application. SOPHAS Express is meant to facilitate the collection of common application materials and general information.

Upon offer of admission, applicants will need to complete the IU Graduate CAS, a secondary application, by using the coupon code and link provided with the admission offer.  The IU Graduate CAS application resembles the SOPHAS application.  To apply, unofficial transcripts earned at bachelor's, master's, or doctorate-granting institutions must be uploaded.



By completing the Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention Epidemiology, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize the existence of a public health problem
  • Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem
  • Identify surveillance data needs
  • Assist in design of investigation, including creating hypothesis
  • Demonstrate mastery of the basic and advanced analytical techniques in epidemiology
  • Demonstrate basic data management and analysis skills using statistical software such as SAS by translating raw epidemiologic data into actionable public health information
  • Use a data set to examine disease testing patterns as well as prevalence of disease. Students must query the data from a database and then conduct an analysis
  • Exhibit knowledge of applied epidemiology in relation to infectious diseases


Certificate requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention Epidemiology, students must complete coursework in the five core areas of public health and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B” grade on a 4.0 scale). All public health courses require authorization before registering. Please call (317) 274-2000 to obtain authorization.


Required introductory course: (Choose ONE course)

E 517 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits) or
P511 Comprehensive Methods and Applications in Biostatistics and Epidemiology or
B552 Fundamentals of Data Management (3 credits)

Required core courses: (both must be completed)

E635 Foundations in Public Health Informatics (3 credits) and
E609 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

Electives (choose TWO courses)

E601 Advanced Epidemiology (3 credits)
E618 Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
E629 Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology (3 credits)
E645 Information Exchange for Population Health (3 credits)
E651 Public Health Surveillance (3 credits)