Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ID EPI) is designed to prepare students to learn how to apply epidemiological methods to study and address infectious diseases and critically assess the science and public health interventions for infectious disease control. Through ID EPI related coursework, an Integrative Learning Experience (thesis or capstone), and Applied Practical Experience (practicum) students will develop the skills and expertise to be competitive for challenging epidemiological careers and/or to pursue a doctoral degree in the field.

This certificate program is available to degree seeking masters students in the Rollins School of Public Health. Students are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor about the feasibility of fitting the certificate requirements into their program.

The certificate in infectious disease epidemiology has five specific competencies that students who complete the certificate are expected to master:

  1. Describe methodologies and concepts specific to infectious disease epidemiology.
  2. List the key sources of data in infectious disease epidemiology and biases associated with these data sources.
  3. Calculate basic infectious disease epidemiology measures.
  4. Evaluate literature on infectious disease epidemiology, including the study design and methods, validity, transportability and generalizability, and interpretation of the results.
  5. Identify challenges to investigating, preventing, and controlling endemic and epidemic infectious diseases.


To receive a Infectious Disease Epidemiology, students will have to complete the following requirements:



Required Courses:

  • EPI 512: Current Topics in ID EPI [1 Credit - Fall]
  • EPI 517: Case Studies in Infectious Disease Epidemiology [2 Credits - Fall]
  • EPI 569: Concepts & Methods in ID EPI [3 Credits - Fall]
  • EPI 570: ID Dynamics: Theories & Models [3 Credit - Spring]

Elective – 2 credits selected from the approved list

Applied Practice Experience: at least 100 hours must be ID EPI-related

Integrative Learning Experience: Thesis or Capstone with an ID EPI focus*

Total Required Credit Hours – 11 Credits (15 if ILE is not ID EPI-related)


*If a student's ILE is not ID EPI-related, they must take 4 additional credits of approved electives


Required Courses

Students must complete four required courses (9 credits total): 

  • EPI 512: Current Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (1 credit)
  • EPI 517: Case Studies in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2 credits): Provides training in the investigation, control, and prevention of infectious disease by both descriptive and analytic epidemiological techniques. 

  • EPI 569: Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits): The course will provide an overview of the history, concepts and analytical methods that specifically apply to the study of infectious diseases.
  • EPI 570: Infectious Disease Dynamics: Theory and Models (3 credits): This course will present the conceptual theory, mathematical framework, and computational tools to conduct mechanistic modeling of infectious diseases.



This certificate will be available for Master’s candidates in all departments of the Rollins School of Public Health. There are no pre-requisite courses for the certificate.


All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are eligible for this certificate. Students who are interested in the ID certificate should enroll for the pre-requisite 1-credit seminar course, EPI 512: Current Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the 2-credit course, EPI 517: Case Studies in Infectious Disease Epidemiology in their first fall semester. Students may apply for the certificate from August 1-Agust 19, and will be notified of acceptance by August 24.  

ID Epidemiology Certificate Application

Questions? Want More Information?

Email sphepidept@emory.edu or ID EPI Certificate faculty director - Dr. Sam Jenness (sjennes@emory.edu)