Infectious diseases continue to remain an important threat to public health. Recent outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Zika, and other diseases vividly illustrate the need to be well prepared against infectious disease threats. As such, students who can demonstrate strong training in the area of infectious diseases are and will remain in demand at organizations such as local and state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many other institutions, both public and private, that deal with public health.

The Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, offered and administrated through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, provides UGA graduate students, who have a strong interest in infectious diseases at the human population level, a program of study and formal recognition in this area.  By earning this certificate, students will be able to explicitly demonstrate the infectious disease-related training and skills that are of increasing importance in the field.


Applicants to the program must be:

  • Be enrolled at UGA as a graduate student.
  • Have previously taken EPID 7010 and BIOS 7010 or equivalent knowledge (as determined by the Certificate Coordinator when student applies).
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • See the ID Certificate Handbook for further details.
Program Requirements

Students will need to complete a minimum of five 3-credit hour courses to earn a Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

For detailed information about coursework and other requirements, please refer to the ID Certificate Program Handbook.

How to Apply

To apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology program, please fill out and submit the Certificate Program application form. For further details and instructions, please see the form and the ID Certificate Handbook.

Completing the Certificate
  1. Submit the Certificate Program application form and indicate that you completed all requirements.
  2. Apply to graduate in AthenaCandidates for completion of the certificate must apply to graduate using the graduation application available in Athena by the withdrawal deadline of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate can be found here on the UGA Office of the Registrar website.