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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.

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, healthcare system preparedness, and environmental aspects of infection control.
  4. 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.

Course of Study

Students should carefully review the certificate program page on the JHU e-catalogue for full information about program requirements and courses. 


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.


Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit a letter of interest, CV/resumĂ©, and anticipated course schedule to Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework.

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in term 1.

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program and application deadlines. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in term 1.

TOEFL/IELTS: Required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: None

Requirements for Successful Completion

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.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department:
Department of Epidemiology

Certificate Program Contact:
Sheila Small


Faculty Sponsor:
Name: Poonum S. Korpe, MD