The Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology

From The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lead the Public Conversation on Epidemiology

In recent years, new threats — including new strains of existing diseases — have posed risks to public health around the globe. At the same time, the field continues to face a shortage of adequately trained epidemiologists.

Our Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology prepares working public health practitioners to confront these pressing issues. As a student, you’ll learn about the core functions of outbreak investigation, surveillance systems and methods, and infectious disease epidemiology.

You’ll further explore ways to deal with these threats by using the latest technology in the field. Let’s get to work.


The Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology at a Glance

12 graduate credit hours (four courses)

1 year to complete

Bachelor’s degree required

No GRE required

Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology Curriculum

The field epidemiology certificate online curriculum is comprised of the following four courses:

  • Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (EPID 600) — Examine the meaning, scope, and applications of epidemiology to public health practice and the uses of vital statistics data in the scientific appraisal of community health.
  • Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (EPID 750) — Gain the conceptual foundations and practical skills for designing and implementing surveillance systems and for using surveillance data for the implementation and evaluation of public health programs and research.
  • Methods in Field Epidemiology (EPID 759) — Learn the epidemiological methods used to investigate urgent public health problems. Gain the skills and tools you need to conduct outbreak investigations and communicate findings to the public.
  • Principles and Methods of Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EPID 758) — Study the interaction between an infectious agent, host and environment; modes and dynamics of transmission; the role of immunity in infectious disease epidemiology; and disease elimination strategies.

Admissions: Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology

There is one start date per year for the UNC-Chapel Hill Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology.

Admissions Criteria: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated math competency
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial)

Review a complete list of application requirements and deadlines for the Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology.

Learn the Latest Techniques in Epidemiology

Boost your skillset as a practitioner by mastering the uses of vital statistics data, surveillance data and disease elimination strategies to address rising challenges in public health.


The Online Learning Experience

All courses for this Certificate in Field Epidemiology are designed and developed for online delivery. Students will complete registration, receive materials, interact with faculty and complete the program remotely; no campus travel is necessary. An internet connection is required.

Additional Online Offerings From UNC-Chapel Hill

In addition to the Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology, UNC-Chapel Hill offers other online education options in public health.




Enhance Your Field Epidemiology Practice

Develop the skills you need to manage new and existing public health challenges with our Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology.

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