Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Purpose of the Program

The Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology is designed for a broad range of individuals, including graduate students, international public health professionals, laboratory professionals, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, and medical technologists who seek graduate-level training in emerging infectious diseases.

Description of the Program

Emerging infectious diseases increasingly are recognized as global and regional issues. Some infectious diseases are controlled effectively with the help of modern technology. But new diseases—such as SARS, West Nile, and avian influenza virus infections—appear frequently, and older ones, including malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonia, are now appearing in forms that are resistant to drug treatments. All of them have the potential to seriously affect human and animal health as well as economies locally and worldwide. They pose novel and unceasing challenges for professionals in health care, government, and private agencies.

The graduate-level program requires 12 s.h. of graduate credit and provides basic information and training related to infectious diseases . 

Qualifications for Admission

At this time applications are only being accepted from current University of Iowa degree seeking students. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

How to Apply

Contact the Certificate Program Coordinator for application requirements.

Katie Boland
Certificate Program Coordinator

Application deadlines are as follow:

March 15 - Summer Session

July 15 - Fall Session


Certificate Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the Certificate program requires that the overall GPA for the Certificate courses be 2.75 or above and that the course work is less than 5 years old upon successful completion.

Course Listing

Required Courses (6 s.h., on-campus)

173:157 Zoonotic Diseases  2-3 s.h.
173:158 Public Health Laboratory Techniques  1 s.h.
173:159 Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology  2 s.h.

Additional Courses (6 s.h., on-campus or distance)

171:161 Introduction to Biostatistics  3 s.h.
173:140 Epidemiology I: Principles  3 s.h.
173:155 Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology  3 s.h.
175:197 Environmental Health  3 s.h.

Contact Information

For additional information or answers to any question you may have, contact:

Katie Boland
Certificate Program Coordinator
College of Public Health
The University of Iowa
105 River St. - S255 CPHB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Tel: (319) 384-1528