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Certificate in Health Care Infection Prevention & Control (CHIP)

The Program

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Health care associated infections (HAIs) are a major public health problem. The Certificate in Health Care Infection Prevention & Control (CHIP) provides UM SPH students with the training necessary to become part of a HAI prevention and control team post-graduation. In addition to the required core classes (3) and electives (2, for a a total of 15 credit hours), CHIP participants will be given preference for infection control internships in Michigan. Michigan is nationwide leader in infection control activities.

CHIP exit competencies (PDF) include knowledge and skills associated with infection prevention and control in health care settings, surveillance and infectious disease epidemiology. The list of electives includes training in all departments in SPH.

Students completing the required core courses and electives with a grade of 'B' or better will receive a certificate.

Internships are supported by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated and Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) Unit through American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds.

From the CHIP Program Director

Dr. Foxman"Training in infection prevention and control is in high demand among our students. The combination of the certificate and practical experience in an internship will provide students with training that will give them an "edge" for obtaining positions in hospital infection control following graduation."
- Dr. Betsy Foxman, Director of CHIP, Director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID), and Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Endowed Professor of Epidemiology.