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Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control

Overview

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
  2. 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
  3. Discuss relevant thematic topics including isolation precautions and hand hygiene, infection control in special populations, hospital preparedness, and environmental aspects of infection control
  4. 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   

Eligibility

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

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their addmisions decision.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a mimum of 18 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a minimum a 2.75 overall GPA in certificate coursework.  The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcripts 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 of Study

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

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term

 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

Required Courses:  Students must complete the following required courses (see footnote)

340.641

Healthcare Epidemiology

4

-

2

550.694

Fundamentals of Epidemiology I

3

1

-

550.695

Fundamentals of Epidemiology II

3

2

-

Core Courses:  Students must complete at least two of the following core courses

340.612

Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis

2

1

3, SI

340.627

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

4

2

2

340.653

Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations

3

-

2, 4

Elective Courses:  Students must complete the 18 credit requirement through the following elective courses

182.625

Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

4

4

2

221.637

Health Information Systems

3

2

-

306.663

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management

3

-

4

309.730

Patient Safety and Medical Errors

3

3

2

317.600

Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy

4

3

1

410.755

Health Communication Programs

4

3, 4

-

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

Footnote

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
Name:
Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc
Email: tperl@jhmi.edu


Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name:
Aaron Milstone, MD, MHS
Email: amilsto1@jhmi.edu

Administrative Contact
Name:
Fran Burman, Academic Coordinator, Department of Epidemiology

Phone: 410-955-3926  Email: franburman@jhu.edu
 

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.