Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
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

About the Program

The online Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a graduate-level, interdisciplinary program designed for working professionals coming from a variety of backgrounds including physicians, nurses, public health administrators, health educators, clinical research professionals, policy experts, and more. Students will learn about concepts and methods in epidemiology and biostatistics and how to apply them to real-world problems. Students will also learn techniques for describing, summarizing and analyzing data, assessing associations among variables, and determining the extent to which chance may or may not be influencing the observed results.

Never before has disease prevention and health promotion been more important as evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. As public health issues arise in the United States and globally, those who can apply knowledge gained through the translation of 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 is offered entirely online to provide qualified students and working professionals with an opportunity to acquire these credentials regardless of restrictions in time and physical location. Those who successfully complete the certificate program and wish to broaden their scope of public health education could pursue an MPH degree program.

About the Curriculum

The curriculum reflects core epidemiological and biostatistical concepts and practices, similar to the MPH programs. The certificate program provides research-oriented training in the theory and tools of epidemiology and biostatistics, two of the core public health disciplines.

Students learn the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics and gain skills in using epidemiologic and biostatistical tools to describe, monitor, and investigate the drivers of population health. These skills are necessary to conduct research, develop hypotheses, analyze data, and interpret and communicate results.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete application form
  • Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than four years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Ability to download free versions of software required for the program
  • Demonstrated interest or work experience in public health

Program Requirements

Required Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
EPI 572Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies3.0
Total Credits9.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EPI 5703.0BST 5713.0EPI 5723.0
 3 3 3
Total Credits 9

Additional Information

For more information about this certificate, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Drexel University Online website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

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