Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time To Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 26.1309
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-1041


The Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, offered by Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, is an interdisciplinary program designed for working professionals of diverse backgrounds, including public health administrators, physicians, nurses, clinical research professionals, health educators, and policy experts.

Never before has disease prevention and health promotion been more important. As world events develop, with the added threat of bioterrorism and other emerging public health issues, those who can apply knowledge gained through research to real-world problems are in great demand across all sectors: health care, pharmaceuticals, governmental and non-governmental agencies, business, and academia.

The certificate program is supervised by the School of Public Health’s Director of eLearning and the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The program is administered through Drexel University Online. Applications to the certificate program are managed by Drexel University Online. For the most current admission information, please visit www.drexel.com.

About the Curriculum

The certificate program provides research-oriented training in the theory and tools of core public health disciplines. These include:

  • Environmental and occupational health;
  • Health care systems organization, management, and policy;
  • Social and behavioral sciences for population health;
  • Epidemiology; and
  • Biostatistics.

Students build the statistical background needed to conduct research, develop hypotheses, analyze data, and interpret and communicate results.

The certificate program consists of three sequential 3.0 credit courses. Each course is taught over a 10-week period, allowing completion of the certificate within a 30-week period. The curriculum reflects core epidemiological and biostatistical concepts and practices in a similar manner to the full-time and Executive MPH programs. Contact between faculty and students creates an intense experience over this exclusively online format. The online format allows asynchronous learning while providing flexibility for adult learners constrained by physical and time limitations.

PBHL 701Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics3.0
PBHL 702Introduction to Analytic Epidemiology and Biostatistics3.0
PBHL 703Design and Analysis Epidemiological Studies3.0
Total Credits9.0

Additional information

For more information about the program, visit the Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics on the Drexel University Online web site.

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