Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control
The certificate is designed for masters and doctoral students at The Johns Hopkins University and junior and mid-level professionals with an interest in gaining exposure to the expertise and skills utilized by healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionists. Healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionists aim to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistant and epidemiologically significant organisms and other adverse outcomes in the healthcare setting by translating research into practice.
Their expertise and activities include epidemiologic and laboratory investigation, surveillance for infections and antimicrobial resistant or significant organisms, policy development and implementation, education and information dissemination, implementation of interventions to prevent transmission or infectious complications, 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.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Discuss relevant thematic topics including isolation precautions and hand hygiene, infection control in special populations, healthcare system preparedness, and environmental aspects of infection control.
- Work within groups to design studies, collect data, and effectively communicate results to clinicians and researchers fromvarious disciplines through framing problems scientifically, determining preferred research methods, designing appropriate data collection methods, performing statistical analyses, and interpreting findings.
The certificate program is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University. It is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree in medicine, nursing or microbiology from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic performance.
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 admissions decision.
Requirements for Successful Completion
The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.
The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program 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.
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.
Required Courses: Students must complete the following required courses (see footnote)
|Introductory Epidemiology Requirement: Students must complete either 340.601 or 340.721|
|Principles of Epidemiology OR||5||3|
|340.721||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I||5||3||1|
|Students must complete the following required course:|
Core Courses: Students must complete at least two of the following core courses
Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations
Elective Courses: Students must complete the 18 credit requirement through the following elective courses
Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Health Information Systems
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management
Patient Safety and Medical Errors
Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy
Health Communication Programs
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 the introductory epidemiology requirement; 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 introductory epidemiology requirement 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.
Department of Epidemiology
Certificate Program Contact:
Name: Sheila Small
Name: Poonum S. Korpe, MD
Gainful Employment Program Information
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