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  • Online PBC in Translational Research in Infectious Disease Program

    The demand for skilled scientists to contribute to infectious disease research and development is steadily increasing. The COVID-19 pandemic, along with advancements in new therapeutics and mRNA vaccines, has further intensified the need for knowledgeable professionals in the fields of immunology, microbiology, and infectious disease.

    Drexel University’s part-time online post-baccalaureate certificate (PBC) provides you the opportunity to explore how foundational knowledge of human pathogens is applied to develop effective diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics to treat human infectious diseases. The certificate is designed for working professionals who aim to advance their careers or transition into the field. It is also designed for those seeking educational advancement through future entry into advanced degree programs, including MS, PhD, or medical programs.

    As an advanced curriculum, this 17-credit online certificate program offers an in-depth look into the infectious disease field through a flexible plan of study that can be tailored to fit your unique interests and goals. This can be accomplished by either selecting elective courses in basic and translational science that are part of the Master of Science of Infectious Disease program or in clinical research elective courses that are part of the Master of Clinical Research Organization and Management program.

    Online PBC in Translational Research in Infectious Disease Program Features

    • A flexible alternative to a longer degree program
    • 17 semester credits
    • Flexibility to customize your certificate to align with your specific interests and goals through the inclusion of flexible elective courses in your plan of study. Tailor your studies by choosing elective courses from either the Master of Science in Infectious Disease curriculum, focusing on basic and translational science, or from the Master of Clinical Research Organization and Management curriculum, which offers courses on clinical research topics.
    • 100% online
    • No GRE required
    • For professionals seeking enhanced academic credentials for career advancement, a career pivot, or preparation for entry into an MS, PhD, or medical program
    • Customize your certificate to align with your specific interests and goals through the inclusion of flexible electives. Tailor your studies by choosing elective courses from either the Master of Science in Infectious Disease curriculum, focusing on basic and translational science, or from the Master of Clinical Research Organization and Management curriculum, which offers clinical research topics.
    • Equips you for a career in infectious disease translational and clinical research in industry, government, clinical, and academic settings
    • The credits from the Fundamental Concepts in Infectious Disease Certificate and Translational Research in Infectious Disease Certificates are eligible to be shared with the MS in Infectious Disease curriculum. This allows all credits from these certificates to be applied to the MS in Infectious Disease.
    • Taught by esteemed faculty members from the Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease

    What Can I Do With an Online PBC in Translational Research in Infectious Disease?

    This online certificate program is ideal for those seeking in-depth coursework in basic and translational science of viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, vaccinology, epidemiology, and clinical trials but without the commitment of pursuing an MS degree, including:

    • Early career scientists and clinicians who want to expand their knowledge of the basic science, translational, and clinical aspects of infectious disease research
    • Professionals in industry seeking greater knowledge of infectious disease to pursue promotion and career advancement
    • Researchers, clinicians, and industry scientists who require a greater depth of knowledge in the area of infectious disease to support a career pivot into that field
    • Recent college graduates who want to use advanced academic credentials to strengthen future applications to MS, PhD, or medical programs

    Online PBC in Translational Research in Infectious Disease Program FAQs

    What will I learn in Drexel University’s Online PBC in Translational Research in Infectious Disease?
    Upon completion of this online certificate program, you will have the ability to:

    • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of infectious disease pathogens and the diseases they cause in humans for the development of infectious disease therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccines
    • Describe and assess the application of infectious disease knowledge and research to the development of vaccines used to prevent and treat infectious diseases
    • Identify, understand, evaluate, and critically analyze basic, translational, and clinical infectious disease literature and publications
    • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills to critically, clearly, and logically present basic, translational, and clinical infectious disease research information
    • Demonstrate collaboration, teamwork, and problem-solving skills that facilitate career advancement and promotion

    Will I have to come to campus during the program?
    No, you will not be required to come to campus during this program. However, if you decide to visit the Drexel University campus, please stop by to say hello!

    How long will it take to earn my certificate?
    You can complete the 17-credit plan of study in as few as 17 calendar months.

    Can I complete the certificate at an accelerated rate?
    To build your knowledge of immunology and infectious disease, three of the four required courses must be taken consecutively and in order over three semesters. It is not possible to complete the program in under 17 months.

    Can I apply the credits I earn through this certificate program to other degree programs?
    Yes! As mentioned above, the 17 graduate credits earned in this program can be applied to the requirements for our Master of Science in Infectious Disease Program.

    Questions? We're Here to Help!

    Dr. Fred Krebs
    Program Director

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    Required Courses

    MIIM 524S

    Vaccines and Vaccine Development


    MIIM 527S

    Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases


    MIIM 545S

    Introduction to Infectious Diseases


    MIIM 653S

    Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease


    Electives (CR or MIIM)


    CR Electives

    CR 500S


    CR 501S

    Emerging Trends in Medical Device Regulation

    CR 511S

    The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research

    CR 513S

    Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D

    CR 514S

    World Wide Regulatory Submissions

    CR 515S

    Intro to Clinical Trials

    CR 520S

    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics

    CR 535S

    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research

    CR 545S

    Pharmaceutical Law

    CR 555S

    Compliance & Monitoring Issues

    CR 600S

    Designing the Clinical Trial

    CR 620S

    Regulatory, Scientific and Social Issues Affecting Biotech Research

    CR 625S

    Health Policy and Economics

    MIIM Electives

    MIIM 519S

    Commercialization of Biomedical Technology

    MIIM 520S

    Science Communication and Outreach

    MIIM 521S

    Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods

    MIIM 522S

    Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods

    MIIM 525S

    Principles of Biocontainment

    MIIM 540S

    Viruses and Viral Infections

    MIIM 541S

    Bacteria and Bacterial Infections

    MIIM 542S

    Mycology and Fungal Infections

    MIIM 543S

    Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases

    MIIM 613S

    Emerging Infectious Diseases

    MIIM 655S

    Emerging Biomedical Interventions for Human Disease

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Four-year bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, or a related field (no marine biology, botany or environmental science degrees
      • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is strongly preferred
      • Previous coursework in the areas of cell biology and/or molecular biology or equivalent knowledge
    • Strong academic writing and reading skills

      Required Documents

      With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Two letters of recommendation describing your competencies for graduate work:
        • At least one academic reference is preferred, especially if your degree was earned in the last 5 years
        • Professional references are accepted from supervisors but not colleagues or friends
      • Resume
      • Essay (one page) detailing:
        • Your past successes
        • Why you're pursuing this certificate
        • What you'll contribute to the program
        • How the skills you gain will further your career goals
        • If your GPA is below 3.0, please add an additional 500-words describing any factors that contributed to your GPA
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      Although standardized test scores are not required for admission, official copies of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be considered if submitted as part of the application.


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1344 per credit.

      For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

      • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
        • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
        • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
        • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
        • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
        • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
        • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


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