Infection Prevention and Control MS

Major: Infection Prevention and Control
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0502
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1022

About the Program

The Master of Science in Infection Prevention and Control trains students to work as professionals in the field of infection prevention in healthcare and public health settings. Coursework addresses infectious disease processes, epidemiological concepts, surveillance for multi-drug resistant organisms and healthcare associated infections, prevention and control of infectious agents, principles related to maintaining a safe environment of care, and patient and healthcare professional safety. The program includes a capstone experience in which students apply concepts and knowledge they’ve learned through coursework to address infection prevention challenge.

The degree 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. The program is geared to prepare students for frontline and leadership positions in infection prevention and control.

Major Competencies

  • Describe infectious pathogens that are associated with disease syndromes of clinical and public health importance
  • Explain public health reporting requirements for community and healthcare associated infections
  • Identify infection prevention and control strategies in healthcare and community settings
  • Formulate prevention practices related to maintaining a safe and clean healthcare environment
  • Describe the effects of safety climate, organizational culture, or clinical knowledge on patient or healthcare worker safety

Additional Information

For more information about this program, 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.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EOH 564Safety in Healthcare3.0
EOH 580Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene3.0
EOH 650Microbes in Public Health Practice I: Overview of Bacterial Pathogens3.0
EOH 651Microbes in Public Health Practice II: Overview of Viral and Other Pathogens3.0
EOH 653Environment of Care3.0
EOH 655Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment3.0
EOH 656Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections3.0
EPI 569Disease Outbreak Investigations3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health *0.0
Capstone Courses
EOH 698Infection Prevention and Control Capstone I1.5
EOH 699Infection Prevention and Control Capstone II1.5
Electives **12.0
Total Credits45.0

Foundational Public Health Learning Objectives: PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.


Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, HSAD, IPS, PBHL, or RSCH course from the 500-999 level.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
EOH 5643.0EOH 5803.0EOH 6553.0BST 5713.0
EOH 6503.0EOH 6513.0EPI 5693.0EPI 5703.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year (Part-Time)
EOH 6533.0EOH 6981.5EOH 6991.5 
EOH 6563.0Electives6.0Electives6.0 
PBHL 501*0.0   
 6 7.5 7.5 
Total Credits 45

PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.

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