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Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control


The certificate is designed for masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees at The Johns Hopkins University and junior and mid-level professionals with an interest in gaining exposure to the expertise and skills utilized by hospital epidemiologists and infection control professionals.  Healthcare epidemiologists and infection control professionals aim to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and other adverse outcomes in the healthcare setting by translating research into practice.  Their expertise and activities include epidemiologic and laboratory investigation, infection surveillance, policy development and implementation, education and information dissemination, implementation of interventions to prevent infections, cost-benefit analyses of interventions, and patient oriented research to inform and improve the science of healthcare epidemiology and infection control and to improve quality-of-care.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate use and mastery of specific methods relating to hospital epidemiology including surveillance (traditional and computerized), outbreak management, communicable diseases, antibiotic management and resistance, occupational health, quality and performance improvement, patient safety, and ethical considerations
  3. Utilize clinical research study designs as applied to healthcare epidemiology research including, outcomes measurement, risk factor assessment, semi-quantitative methods, survey methods, and qualitative research
  4. Discuss relevant thematic topics including isolation precautions and hand hygiene, infection control in special populations, hospital preparedness, and environmental aspects of infection control
  5. Work within groups to design studies, collect data, and effectively communicate results to clinicians and researchers from various disciplines through framing problems scientifically, determining preferred research methods, designing appropriate data collection methods, performing statistical analyses, and interpreting findings   


The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.  It is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic performance.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office.  They are, however, encouraged to contact a certificate faculty sponsor to discuss electives.

All others (non-Bloomberg masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students and non-degree students) apply to the program using the school's online application. Applications must be submitted by October 1 of the year during which they will begin certificate courses.  The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV or resume, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and one letter of recommendation.  Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by an external credentialing agency. The application does not requre scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS.  Degree students must include a brief written statement from their academic advisor giving approval to take the certificate courses.  The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision.  Only those approved by the certificate admission committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 credits comprised of required, core, and elective courses.  The certificate courses are listed in the table below.

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the course is offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and if instructor consent is required.

The free, non-credit Introduction to Online Learning course must be completed before enrolling in online courses.  It is offered five times each year.

Requirements for Successful Completion

All certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Students must earn a B or better in each required and core course and a C or better in elective courses.  Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:  Students must complete the following required courses (see footnote)
340.641Healthcare Epidemiology4-2
550.694Fundamentals of Epidemiology I31-
550.695Fundamentals of Epidemiology II32-
Core Courses:  Students must complete at least two of the following core courses
340.612Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis213, SI
340.627Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases422
340.653Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations3-4
Elective Courses:  Students must complete the 18 credit requirement through the following elective courses
182.625Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene442
221.637Health Information Systems32-
306.663Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management3-3
309.730Patient Safety and Medical Errors33SI
317.600Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
410.755Health Communication Programs43-

SI= Course is offered in the Summer Institute held in June and July in Baltimore


Bloomberg degree students who earn at least a B in one introductory epidemiology and one introductory biostatistics course may use these courses to fulfill Fundamentals of Epidemiology I and II requirements; however, they will only be allowed to apply six credits from these courses towards the certificate.  They must complete the four-credit Healthcare Epidemiology course and at least eight credits of core and elective courses.

Non-degree students may waive the Fundamentals of Epidemiology I and II requirements by providing a transcript from another institution demonstrating successful completion of at least one graduate level course in epidemiology and one in biostatistics.  These students will still be required to complete the Healthcare Epidemiology course (4 credit units) and at least 14 credit units of core and elective courses.

Sponsoring Department
Department of Epidemiology

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Aaron Milstone, MD, MHS

Administrative Contact


Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.


  1. The certificate is offered to students in graduate-level degree and post-doctoral training programs at the Johns Hopkins University and medical professionals (non-degree students who hold at least an undergraduate degree) interested in healthcare epidemioology and infection prevention and control.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms.  The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term.  Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval.  Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.