Certification

The University of Michigan Summer Session in Epidemiology is providing an opportunity for receiving certification of academic competencies in epidemiology after completion of a 12 credit-hour curriculum. The objective is to document satisfactory completion of a curriculum that encompasses demonstration of proficiency in six areas:

  1. Basic Epidemiology
  2. Basic Biostatistics
  3. Intermediate and Advanced Methods and Biostatistics
  4. Data Management
  5. Public Health Practice and Applied Research
  6. Disease- and Exposure- Specific Epidemiology. A curriculum of 10 required course credit hours and an additional 2 credit hours of elective courses may be completed over a period of two summer sessions.

Specific Issues Concerning Enrollment for Certification of Academic Competencies in Epidemiology

  • Applicant will not be required to declare their intention to seek certification in their initial year of registration in the SSE program. However, it should be emphasized that to receive course credit, the student must receive a grade of B or better, and that we would advise planning to fulfill curriculum requirements as soon as possible.
  • A curriculum of 10 required course credit hours and an additional 2 credit hours of elective courses may be completed over a minimum period of two summer sessions. The courses listed in each area will change from year to year, depending on instructor availability and student demand. This may not be feasible, however, and a student may seek to complete course requirements for certification over a more prolonged period that would accommodate individual scheduling constraints.
  • The menu of required and elective courses was designed to facilitate a career path in an academic or private industrial setting or employment in a public health agency at the local, state or federal level.
  • After successfully completing the curriculum, the applicant would receive a certificate signed by the Faculty Director of the University of Michigan Summer Session in Epidemiology and the Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology.

Required Course List

  • Basic Epidemiology:(3 Credit Hours)
    • EPID709 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology (Mandatory)
  • Basic Biostatistics: (3 Credit Hours)
    • EPID701 - Fundamentals of Biostatistics (Mandatory)
  • Data Management (1 credit hour)
    • EPID798 - Epidemiologic Data Analysis Using R
  • Intermediate and Advanced Methods and Biostatistics: Choose One Course (1 credit hour)
    • EPID708 – Machine Learning for Epidemiologic Analysis in the Era of Big Data
    • EPID717 – Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
    • EPID718 – Analysis of Clinical Trials
    • EPID742 – Introduction to Generalized Linear Models
    • EPID757 – Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses
    • EPID766 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Epidemiologic Studies
    • EPID777 – Geographic Information Systems for Epidemiology
    • EPID778 – Spatial Statistics for Epidemiological Data
    • EPID780 – Applied Epidemiologic Analysis for Causal Inference
    • EPID784 – Survival Analysis Applied to Epidemiologic and Medical Data
    • EPID 787– Introduction to Multilevel Analysis in Public Health
    • EPID793 – Complex Systems Modeling for Public Health Research (2 credit hours)
  • Public Health Practice and Applied Research: Choose One Course (1 credit hour)
    • EPID747 – Successful Scientific Writing
    • EPID783 – Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research for Health
  • Disease- and Exposure- Specific Epidemiology: Choose One Course (1 credit hour)
    • EPID707 – Nutritional Epidemiology
    • EPID716 – Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Research
    • EPID719 – Methods in Genetic and Epigenetic Epidemiology
    • EPID722 – Medical Product Epidemiology and Global Regulation
    • EPID761 – Social Determinants of Population Health
  • Electives: Choose two courses that have not been used to satisfy other requirements (2 credit hours)
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