Explore data to inform public health

Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: School of Health Professions | Department of Public Health
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission; Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 12
  • Estimated program cost: $5,611.56*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How a graduate certificate in epidemiology can help you

Epidemiology is the core science of public health — and those employed in the field are shaping the way that decisions about health are made. This certificate program is designed to help health professionals in a variety of roles rise to the challenge of utilizing analytic methods to study the occurrence and distribution of health-related conditions.

In addition to public health specialists, including those working at governmental agencies, community-based nonprofits or for-profit health care organizations, students in a variety of graduate programs (such as anthropology or sociology) or employed in clinical fields (such as medicine or nursing) will find value in this program’s course work. Enhance your employability and add epidemiological analysis to your skillset with MU’s online graduate certificate in epidemiology.

Graduate outcomes include

  • Understand the key role of epidemiology in informing health issues and in preserving and improving public health;
  • Appropriately select and use information technology to identify, locate and access health-related data;
  • Accurately evaluate the integrity of data and identify gaps in data;
  • Analyze data arising from epidemiologic studies using appropriate software;
  • Interpret the output of regression models from standard statistical programs and present the results in research papers and project reports;
  • Evaluate outcome-based research on public health interventions for its potential use in public health practice;
  • Convey community assessment and intervention findings to lay audiences.

Career prospects

Average salary

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2019. Salary numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Biostatistician, Safety Manager, Epidemiologist, Safety Specialist / Coordinator, Social Science Researcher, Health and Safety Engineer, Laboratory Manager / Technologist, Biological / Environmental Technician.

Potential careers

  • Infection control epidemiologist
  • Public health analyst
  • State epidemiologist
  • Public health laboratory scientist

Program structure and topics

The online graduate certificate in epidemiology is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester session and finish the program in one year.

Course work covers

  • Veterinary epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Applied epidemiology in community assessment
  • Participatory research approaches for health systems

Meet our faculty

Lynelle Phillips, MPH, BSN

Assistant Teaching Professor

Phillips received her MPH in 1992 and has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in areas including environmental health, immunization and tuberculosis control. She also worked at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a nurse consultant and CDC field assignee to the tuberculosis program. She has had numerous publications in the areas of tuberculosis prevention and control, infectious diseases, immunizations and environmental health. She now teaches for both the bachelor’s of public health and master’s of public health programs, and serves as the MPH field placement coordinator.

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