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About the Epidemiology Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is a 12-credit program intended to support individuals who seek additional training in epidemiologic methods and the applied skills needed to address a broad range of health problems.  The Epidemiology Certificate at the University of Delaware is specifically designed for working professionals and those interested in exploring Epidemiology prior to committing to a graduate program. The Certificate curriculum emphasizes practical, applied skills in epidemiological methods and basic biostatistics and prepares graduates in: collecting and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data; developing advanced knowledge of epidemiologic research methods; and conducting an independent research study including the conceptualizing and development of a research question(s), data analysis, and interpretation and dissemination of findings.

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is designed for most students to complete courses part-time or in addition to another graduate degree program and can be completed in one year of part-time study (3-credit hours/semester for two semesters in Fall and Spring and 3-credit hours/session for 2 special sessions in Winter and Summer). All courses have been specially designed and developed for delivery online. Students will be able to register, receive materials, interact with faculty and successfully complete this program without traveling to campus. Note: For students who choose to complete the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, all 12 credits of the Epidemiology graduate certificate may be applied toward the MPH in Epidemiology degree.

The graduate certificate in Epidemiology requires satisfactory completion of the 4 graduate level courses (12 credits) listed below. Each certificate program course must be completed with a grade no lower than a C-; the overall GPA of the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology courses must be no lower than 3.0.



EPID 605:  Epidemiology Methods I

3 credits

EPID 603:  Biostatistics for Health Sciences I

3 credits

EPID 627: Social Epidemiology

3 credits

EPID 690:  Research Experience in Epidemiology

3 credits

Applicants to the Epidemiology graduate certificate must submit an application and all required materials through the University of Delaware graduate application system.


Applicants from diverse educational and professional backgrounds who have a strong interest in public health and epidemiological methods are encouraged to apply. Each application will be evaluated individually on the basis of prior academic achievement, professional experience, and interest in public health. Acceptance to the program is based on a composite of the applicant’s scholastic record, letters of reference, and a personal statement. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration.


The online application process prompts applicants for the following information:

- First name, last name, phone, email.

- Current degree program (if any), expected completion date, current GPA.

- Academic transcripts of degrees earned previously.

- Brief statement explaining why the applicant seeks to answer the following prompts: 1) What educational background and scientific research or employment experience prepares you for this Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology; 2) How will acquiring this graduate level training in epidemiology help you achieve your long-term professional objectives; and 3) What disease/condition are your content areas of interest and/or expertise.

- Two letters of recommendation. The applicant provides names and email addresses of the recommenders, and recommendation forms are emailed directly to them from the online application. Instructions are provided as to how to return the completed forms electronically.

- A resume or curriculum vitae that documents the applicant’s prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received, and a summary of educational credentials including documentation of relevant experience.

- For international students: Per university requirements, applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or TOEFL Essentials is required of all foreign applicants. If TOEFL scores are submitted, a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (TOEFL iBT) is required for consideration for admission. Please refer to the Graduate College regarding requirements for any and all updates such as accepted test scores and accepted measures of language proficiency. The minimum requirements outlined by the Graduate College apply to Epidemiology certificate, there are no additional language proficiency requirements.


Prior Degree Requirements

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university with an earned GPA of 3.0 or higher.