Infectious diseases continue to remain an important threat to public health. Recent outbreaks of 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.
  • Have the approval of major professor/advisor.
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

Applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program is a two-step process:

  • All applicants must complete the Certificate Program application form. Upon receipt of the application, the Certificate Coordinator will notify the student of receipt of their application and invite the student to meet and discuss the proposed program of study.

For more information

To learn more about the degree program and how to apply, email

Completing the Certificate
  1. Complete and email the Certificate Completion Form to for signatures.
  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.