Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness Certificate Program


The School of Public Health’s Certificate in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness program offers formal training in public health preparedness with a focus on bioterrorism and infectious disease. Coursework for the certificate provides broad knowledge of epidemiology and formal training in emergency planning for public health professionals.

The program requires the completion of 15 graduate course credits, all of which are offered online and are applicable to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The courses include:

  • Epi 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • Epi 605 Infectious Disease Epidemiology or Epi 625 Zoonosis (3 credits)
  • Ehs 590 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • Sph 539 Topics in Public Health Preparedness (3 credits)
  • Sph 589 Emergency Preparedness: The Public Health Perspective (3 credits)

Course waivers can be obtained only through prior approval and there is a transfer credit limit of one course (3 credits). To obtain the degree, each student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and file an application for Certificate completion within six years of admission.

Non-matriculated students can take a maximum of two Certificate courses before being admitted into the Certificate program.