Epidemiology mCGS

All students must meet the Requirements for the micro-Certificate of Graduate Study.


Epidemiology is often called the “language” of public health, and is the foundation science of public health programs. Epidemiology has many uses and applications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes epidemiology as “the study of the origin and causes of diseases in a community. It is the scientific method of investigation problem-solving used by disease detectives: epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, statisticians, physicians and other health care providers, and public health professionals—to get to the root of health problems and outbreaks in a community.” (CDC. The Importance of Epidemiology 2011).

This micro-Certificate of Graduate Study in Epidemiology is an online and concise, 3-course (9 graduate credits) introduction into the field of epidemiology and related quantitative population health science. Completing this course of study will provide students with introductory competency in epidemiology and quantitative public health science.

The program is designed for medical and graduate students, health practitioners, public health professionals and researchers, and others who wish to increase their knowledge in the vital field of epidemiology. It also prepares graduates for advanced study at the master's and doctoral level.

Specific Requirements


Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have completed 1 college-level course in mathematics and 1 college-level course in science.


The micro-Certificate of Graduate Study in Epidemiology requires 9 credits including 2 courses (6 credits) from 2 core content areas and 1 elective course (3 credits) from an approved list of electives.

2 required core competency courses:
PH 6020Epidemiology I3
PH 6030Biostatistics I:App Rsch in PH3
Choose 1 elective from the list of approved electives, including but not limited to:
Controversies in Public Health
Public Health & Health Policy
Environmental Public Health
Social&Behavioral Public Hlth
Epidemiology 2
Environmental Public Health 2
Public Health Biostatistics II
Public Health Law and Ethics
Global Public Health
Food Systems & Public Hlth
Environmental Risk & Risk Comm
Public Health Surveillance
Social Determinants of Health
Improving Health in Population
Public Health Communications
Controversies in HlthEconomics
Global Health Leadership
One Health: Zoonoses
Public Health Informatics
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Legal Issues in Health Care
Climate Change & Human Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises
Climate Change Emergencies
Maternal and Child Health
Global Mental Health
Special Topics