Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Epidemiology Certificate Program

The Epidemiology (EPID) Certificate Program will provide graduate students with specialized knowledge and skills in applying epidemiologic concepts and methods to prevention and public health problems.  Those who complete the prescribed coursework in this certificate program will achieve advanced competencies in the application of epidemiologic concepts and methods to address public health problems.

Program of Study

To achieve the Certificate in Epidemiology students must successfully complete the following four courses (12 credit hours), along with one 3-credit hour epidemiology-related elective. Courses will require in-person classes and cannot be completed fully online.

Required Courses

PPH 7010: Biostatistics for Health Professionals (3 credit hours)

PPH 7020: Public Health Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

 PPH 7160: Advanced Biostatistics for Health Professionals (3 credit hours)

PPH 7170: Public Health Epidemiology II (3 credit hours)

Approved Electives (select one elective):

GEO 6430: Geographic Information Science Principles (4 credit hours)

PPH 7150: Applied Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

PPH 7410: Community Assessment (3 credit hours) (for non-MPH students only)

Other electives may be suggested to the certificate program director for approval.


Application Process

To be admitted to the program, students must first be accepted into the Wright State University (WSU) College of Graduate Programs and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s and/or advanced graduate degree from an accredited college or university.

If you are not currently enrolled at WSU, you must apply online as a graduate non-degree-seeking student through the WSU College of Graduate Programs and complete the Certificate application (see link below). During the online application process, you will have an opportunity to select the Epidemiology Certificate Program and submit the required documents.

If you are a current graduate student enrolled at WSU, please complete the online Certificate in Epidemiology Application only (see link below). You will not need to apply to the WSU College of Graduate Programs.

All applicants should submit the online Certificate in Epidemiology Application along with a 1-2 page personal statement describing their professional background and interest in the program.



For More Information

Review Certificate Student Handbook

For questions regarding admissions or administration, please contact Laura Marker, Program Coordinator, by phone at (937) 775-1306 or by email at

For additional programmatic questions, please contact Tim Crawford Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, by phone at (937) 775-1430, or by email at

Last edited on 05/30/2024.