Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases- Certificate

Program Contacts

Program Co-Directors

Daniel Hoffman

Jeanne Jordan

Mission

THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS.​

The mission of the Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Certificate is to train a new generation of public health professionals through expanded knowledge and expertise in the following areas: mechanisms of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on microbial pathogens; uses and applications of modern biotechnologies; and epidemiologic skills relevant to the prevention and control of problems in the community arising from infectious diseases. Students earning the graduate certificate will help meet a critical national demand for a trained workforce in biodefense and emerging infections, and an international demand for training in diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries.

Goals

The goals of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases are to ensure that graduates:

  • Understand the biological complexities of microbial pathogens and the diseases they cause
  • Recognize the major epidemiologic and clinical features of infectious diseases
  • Understand how new biotechnologies can be applied to the study of pathogens

Admissions Requirements

This 18-credit Graduate Certificate targets two groups of potential applicants:

  1. Individuals who are not currently enrolled in or applying to a GW MPH program - These individuals may transfer up to 6 credits of equivalent graduate coursework toward required certificate courses or listed electives.  The coursework must have been from an accredited institution and completed in the prior three years with a grade of B or better.

New applicants apply through the national, public health application service, SOPHAS (www.sophas.org) and the SPHHS Secondary Application (publichealth.gwu.edu).

  1. Individuals currently enrolled in a GW MPH program or applying to a GW MPH program – These individuals may cross-credit up to 6 credits of equivalent graduate coursework toward required certificate courses or listed electives.  These students enroll in the certificate as a “dual program,” meaning that applicants may enter either of the programs first, and graduate from them at different times.

Current GW MPH students in good academic standing may add the certificate through the standard petition process, including a page-long personal statement indicating goals and interests as they relate to this graduate certificate.  New applicants should indicate on the SOPHAS application that they wish to pursue this certificate in addition to the MPH program of their choice.

 

The Admissions Committee requires students to have the following undergraduate prerequisites to be eligible to apply to this graduate certificate program:

  • Biological Sciences other than Botany   ≥ 8 Credits
  • Chemistry   ≥ 3 Credits
  • Physics  ≥ 3 Credits
  • Mathematics or Computer Science beyond introductory level (at least 1 semester of calculus preferred)   ≥ 3 Credits

Program Requirements

  1. Graduate Credit Requirement.  18 graduate credits are required
  2. Program of Study.  Specific courses taken require the approval of the academic advisor.
  3. Grade Point Requirement.  A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
  4. Time Limit Requirement.  The certificate must be completed within two and one-half years.
  5. Transfer Credit Policy. Up to 6 equivalent graduate credits may be transferred to the certificate. Credits must have been earned in the last 3 years from an accredited institution of higher learning with a grade point of 3.0 or better. Up to twenty-four credits may transfer from this Graduate Certificate to the MS degree in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases. (However, credits accepted in transfer to the graduate certificate that were also used for a previously earned degree will not transfer to the MS degree.)

Program-at-a-Glance

Undergraduate Course Prerequisites

Credits

Biological Sciences other than Botany

≥ 8

Chemistry

≥ 3

Physics

≥ 3

Mathematics or Computer Science beyond introductory level (at least 1 semester of calculus preferred)

≥ 3

Certificate Course Distribution Summary

 

Required Public Health Credits

16

Public Health Elective Credits (select from list)

2

Total Credits

18

Public Health Required Courses

16 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semester Offered

Grade

PubH 6002

Biostatistical Applications for Public Health

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

 

PubH 6003

Principles and Practice of Epidemiology

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

 

PubH 6245

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

2

Spring

 

PubH 6276

Public Health Microbiology

3

Fall

 

PubH 6277

Public Health Genomics

2

Fall

 

PubH 6278

Public Health Virology

3

Spring

 

Total

Public Health Required Credits

16

 

 

Public Health Elective Courses

 2 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semester Offered

Grade

PubH 6275

Essential Public Health Laboratory Skills

2

Summer (TBA)

 

PubH 6004

Environmental and Occupational Health

2

Fall, Spring, Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

PubH 6250

Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS

2

Fall

 

PubH 6259

Epidemiologic Surveillance in Public Health

2

Spring

 

PubH 6262

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

1

Fall, Spring, Summer

 

PubH 6263

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

1

Fall

 

PubH 6271

Disaster Epidemiology:  Methods and  Apps.

1

Summer

 

PubH 6274

Emerging Infectious Diseases for Public Health Professionals

2

Fall

 

PubH 6099.10

Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and Global Food Production

1

Fall

 

PubH 6099.11

Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections

1

Spring

 

PubH 6127

Applied Environmental Health Microbiology

2

Spring

 

PubH 6243

Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis

2

Spring

 

PubH 6253

Issues in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment

1

Fall

 

PubH 6270

HIV/AIDS Surveillance

1

Fall

 

PubH 6484

Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases

2

Fall

 

 

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 

Past Guides:
 
Guides that are not available online can be accquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.