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. A major advantage of the Certificate is the availability of most required courses through distance education as well as the traditional in-class modality. This flexibility enables the Certificate to build upon the School of Public Health’s goals of providing public health education to working professionals and upgrading the skills of the public health workforce. The Certificate’s close association with the Center for Public Health Preparedness provides access to a rich database of training and education resources for both students and faculty.

The program requires the completion of 15 graduate course credits. These include two Master of Public Health (MPH) core courses (Epi 501 and Ehs 590) for a total of six credits that may be applied towards an MPH. The courses include:

  • Epi 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I or Epi 500 (Ant 516) Basic Principles of Methods of Epidemiology (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 four years of admission.

Students who are enrolled in a School of Public Health degree program and who would like to pursue the Certificate degree can do so if they fulfill the above-mentioned requirements for degree completion.

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