Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Research
(We are transitioning this program to a One Health Certificate Program for academic year 2013-14. We anticipate approval very soon)
The primary purpose of this Certificate is to support sponsoring organizations (e.g. United States Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD-GEIS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Fogarty International Center, etc) by providing special graduate level education in emerging infectious disease research to nominated international public health professionals. By making advanced training available to international public health practitioners, the program will help to build sustainable epidemiological research capacity in infectious diseases and promote new collaborations between international US laboratories and other countries.
The program is also open to anyone who provides independent support for his/her studies, including public health professionals and University of Florida undergraduate and graduate students.
Emerging infectious diseases are increasingly recognized as global and regional issues, with potentially serious impacts on human health, animal health and economies. Some diseases have been effectively controlled with the help of modern technology. Yet new diseases—such as SARS, West Nile and avian influenza virus infections—frequently appear. Others, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonias, are now appearing in forms that are resistant to drug treatments.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), most countries have inadequate support for building public health and veterinary core capacities in the emerging infectious disease field, including a lack of basic training and education for public health practitioners.
This graduate certificate:
- Helps to meet the training needs of international public health professionals;
- Strengthens international relationships for the sponsoring organizations that will nominate students for scholarships to complete the certificate;
- Enhances the performance of foreign nationals collaborating with sponsoring organizations;
- Helps foreign countries train and retain their most promising new scientists with a strategy that will not demand their long-term absence; and
- Helps international students establish an academic track record of excellence such that they might compete and win external scholarships for more formal degree training (MS, MPH, and PhD through organizations such as Fogarty, USAID, etc.).
Description of Certificate Program
Each year, a class of up to 50 international public health professionals are provided with tuition scholarships and travel funding to participate in this Certificate program. A number of independently funded students and professionals may also be enrolled each year. The Certificate is earned through 18 to 20 days of intensive training at the University of Florida coupled with year-round Web-based, asynchronous, distance learning training.
Training includes lectures, tutorials, field experiences, laboratory exercises, public health demonstrations, and written examinations, with the goal of introducing students to the many facets of studying emerging infectious diseases. Disciplines reviewed include: epidemiology, biostatistics, zoonotic diseases, entomology, microbiology, water quality assessments, scientific research, and food safety.
All courses are taught in English. English is the official language of the Certificate program. For distance learners, a reliable internet connection is required. The Certificate program uses Microsoft Office software.
The Certificate will be awarded after a student successfully completes the 12 credits of prescribed course work with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Course work must be completed within a 5-year time period. After demonstrating excellence in performance, successful certificate trainees may compete for further scholarship support (Fogarty, USAID, etc.) and apply 9 credits of the training towards a Masters in Public Health at the University of Florida.
Required courses (6 credits) include:
- Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (PHC 6006 2 credits)
- Public Health Laboratory Techniques (PHC 6561 1 credit)
- An Introduction to Entomology Zoonotic Diseases and Food Safety (PHC 6515 3 credits)
Additional courses include: (6 credits required from the following)
- PHC 6050: Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3 credits)
- PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credits)
- PHC 6313: Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (3 credits)
Click here for detailed course descriptions.
November 1, 2011: Nominations from Sponsors due
November 3, 2011: Nominees notified
December 16, 2011: Applications due for sponsored students (primarily international nominees)
December 2011: Trainees selected and notified
April 30, 2012: Deadline for non-sponsored students to apply
May 15, 2012: Nonsponsored students selected and notified
January-April, 2012: Travel arrangements made, visas acquired
TBA: Trainees in Gainesville, Florida for intensive training
Next 12 months: Trainees complete elective courses via web-based tutorials
Each fiscal year, US sponsoring organizations (e.g. DoD-GEIS, CDC, DoS, USAID, Fogarty) will nominate international students for certificate training in accordance with their funding sponsorship. Click here for Nomination Form (Abode Acrobat software required.)
Pre-doctoral or post-doctoral students or working medical, veterinary, or public health professionals, with at least an undergraduate degree in a biological field, will be eligible for nomination. An emphasis will be placed on early or mid-career candidates who have more productive years ahead of them than a senior medical or public health professional.
Nominations for the 2011-2012 term are due in November.
*The Certificate program is also open to other trainees (both US and abroad) who have independent support to pay for tuition, books, travel, housing, etc. Nominations are not required. Submission of all application materials by the application deadline is sufficient.
The tuition for non-sponsored UF students will be $480 per credit hour plus ~$29.07 in fees (per credit hour). The total cost would be approximately $6108.84 for the 12 credit certificate.
Who should seek certificate training?
Graduate students, public health professionals, laboratory professionals, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, medical technologists, who are seeking graduate level training in emerging infectious diseases.*Due to potential environmental and animal pathogen exposures, we recommend that pregnant women participate at their own risk.
Trainee Candidate Evaluation and Criteria for Selection
Each candidate will be evaluated and ranked according to the selection criteria below.The selected candidates will be asked to email a letter of agreement within 2 weeks of receiving an offer for training. This agreement will detail their proposed involvement and indicate their commitment in participating in this training.
Interested in becoming a student? Click here for more information.
Contact the Academic Programs Coordinator.