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  • Online Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention

    What is an Infection Control Certificate?

    Designed for working professionals, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health’s online Certificate in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control prepares you to work in healthcare settings, public health agencies, the pharmaceutical sector, and other organizations engaged in work related to the prevention and control of infectious diseases. You will learn from the faculty at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, as well as from experts in the field, who have extensive knowledge and experience in infectious disease prevention and control.

    Drexel Dornsife’s online infection control and prevention certificate program provides foundational knowledge that allows public health and healthcare professionals to specialize in the prevention of infectious diseases. With a focus on fundamental content in infectious disease, epidemiology and surveillance, and patient safety, this infection preventionist training program was designed for those with a strong background in biology, health sciences, and/or professional experience working clinically in healthcare settings. For example, nurses and physician assistants interested in working in Infection Prevention and Control, or epidemiologists seeking expertise in infectious diseases and their control.

    Program at a Glance

    • 18 quarter credits
    • Industry-experienced faculty from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health
    • Drexel is the first institution in Philadelphia to be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)
    • 100% online
    • Upon completion of the Certificate in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, you'll earn 18 quarter credits that may be transferred into our online Master of Public Health program
    • Drexel Dornsife is ranked #1 in Philadelphia and in the top 15% in the nation for graduate schools of public health by U.S. News & World Report
    • No GRE required

    In the Program, You'll Learn To:

    • Describe how biological agents affect human health
    • Apply biological principles to the development and implementation of disease prevention, control, or management programs
    • Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards related to microbiological threats that pose risks to human health and safety
    • Apply epidemiological and other methods appropriate for population-based inquiry and to control the spread of infectious diseases in populations
    • Identify key sources of infectious disease data for epidemiological purposes
    • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues

    What Can You Do With Infection Control and Prevention Training?

    The control and prevention of infectious diseases have become central challenges for healthcare professionals around the world. Healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial resistant organisms, and pathogens arising from the pressures associated with One Health, urbanization, and globalization, contribute to emerging infectious diseases that require special training for public health and healthcare practitioners who are charged with their control. Professionals with training in infectious disease prevention and control are needed in hospitals, long-term healthcare and skilled nursing facilities, public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Infection Control & Prevention Healthcare Career Opportunities
    The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of epidemiologists will grow 9% from 2016 to 2026. Employment of microbiologists and for occupational health and safety specialists (both related occupations) is projected to grow 8%. Learn more about public health jobs.

    How Much Can You Make with a Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control?

    Infection Control & Prevention Graduate Certificate Salary Expectations

    Salaries within the infection prevention and control field, and within the larger public health field, are largely based on factors like title, location and years of experience. Learn more about public health salaries.

    How Long Does It Take to Complete a Graduate Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention?

    Drexel’s online Certificate in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control can be completed in as little as nine months. Should you choose to matriculate into the Master of Public Health program, the credits you earn in this certificate can be used as electives.

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.

    Required Courses  
    EOH 564 Safety in Healthcare    3.0
    EOH 650 Microbes in Public Health Practice I: Overview of Bacterial Pathogens 3.0
    EOH 651 Microbes in Public Health Practice II: Overview of Viral and Other Pathogens    3.0
    EOH 655 Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment         3.0
    EPI 553
    or EPI 569
    Infectious Disease Epidemiology   
    or Disease Outbreak Investigations

    EPI 570 Introduction to Epidemiology     3.0
    Total Credits   18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    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 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than 4 years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1032 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1375 per credit)

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • 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.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

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    Exams Begin

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    September 26, 2023

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    Spring 2024

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    Summer 2024

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    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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