• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Epidemiology is the core science of public health and those employed in the field are shaping the way that decisions about health are made. This certificate program is designed to help health professionals in a variety of roles rise to the challenge of utilizing analytic methods to study the occurrence and distribution of health-related conditions.

In addition to public health specialists, including those working at governmental agencies, community-based nonprofits or for-profit health care organizations, students in a variety of graduate programs (such as anthropology or sociology) or employed in clinical fields (such as medicine or nursing) will find value in this programs course work. Enhance your employability and add epidemiological analysis to your skillset with MUs online graduate certificate in epidemiology.

Graduate outcomes include

  • Understand the key role of epidemiology in informing health issues and in preserving and improving public health;
  • Appropriately select and use information technology to identify, locate and access health-related data;
  • Accurately evaluate the integrity of data and identify gaps in data;
  • Analyze data arising from epidemiologic studies using appropriate software;
  • Interpret the output of regression models from standard statistical programs and present the results in research papers and project reports;
  • Evaluate outcome-based research on public health interventions for its potential use in public health practice;
  • Convey community assessment and intervention findings to lay audiences.

Potential careers

  • Infection control epidemiologist
  • Public health analyst
  • State epidemiologist
  • Public health laboratory scientist

Program structure and topics

The online graduate certificate in epidemiology is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester session and finish the program in one year.

Course work covers

  • Veterinary epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Applied epidemiology in community assessment
  • Participatory research approaches for health systems

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. If your GPA is below 3.0, you must have at least two years of work experience in public health, health care or a related field.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

June 1
October 1
April 1


  • .Prerequisite Courses
  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area.

  • P_HLTH 7952Research Methods in Public Health3 Credits

    This course is designed to introduce students to the process of research as a sequence of events, systematically organized to further knowledge. A scientific and conceptual stance to knowledge development is emphasized, along with the importance of the empirical approach in establishing relationships between theories, concepts, and behavior phenomena. May be repeated for credit.

  • .Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)
  • P_HLTH 8120 (Required)Applied Epidemiology in Community Assessment3 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain skills and abilities in assessing population groups and determining their priority public health problems. Students will consider a variety of strategies for empowering and mobilizing populations in collaborative public health efforts. Communication skills are key to the community assessment and intervention process, particularly in translating epidemiological data to lay audiences, and advocating for action. Students will be challenged to communicate public health issues effectively both on-line and in writing. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • NURSE 8020Intermediate Statistical Methods for Health Researchers3 Credits

    Examination of generalized linear models, multiple logistic regression, and multilevel modeling as applied to health sciences research.

  • .OR
  • NURSE 8425Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems3 Credits

    Focuses on the use of participatory approaches for the design of health and health-system interventions. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8420Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the course epidemiological concepts and methods as grounded in the essential services of public health. The focus of the course is on developing critical thinking skills and providing a foundation in applied epidemilogic competencies. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F only.

  • .OR
  • V_PBIO 8455Epidemiology and Biostatistics3 Credits

    Graduate level introduction to veterinary epidemiology and bio-statistics.

  • .Choose One Elective Course
  • P_HLTH 8620Emerging Zoonoses Diseases3 Credits

    This course will enhance student understanding of epidemiology and ecology as it relates to emerging and established zoonotic diseases. Risk factors for the emergence of and mechanisms for control and prevention of zoonotic diseases will be discussed. Course will involve individual and group assignments, use of discussion board, and several blackboard collaborate sessions. Blackboard collaborate sessions (time is TBA) will be held throughout the semester as an introduction to course modules and for help sessions. Students must have audio capability (microphone and speakers) for the course. Built in microphones and speakers work nicely, an inexpensive headset helps screen out background noise. If your computer does not have a build in microphone, an inexpensive one can be purchased at an electronics/computer store. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8767Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide a basic overview of epidemiology by exploring issues regarding various vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and immunization program policies. Participants will learn about VPDs, while gaining skills in epidemiology, the science of public health. Graded on A-F basis only.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $453.60
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $467.63
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1360.80
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1402.89
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $453.60
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $467.63
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1360.80
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1402.89
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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