Biosecurity and Infection Control, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Students who pursue Saint Louis University's post-baccalaureate certificate in biosecurity and infection prevention learn how to help prevent biological terrorism and build effective rapid-response capabilities for organizations throughout the public and private sectors.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in biosecurity and infection prevention can be completed concurrently with any of SLU's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees.

Coursework can be applied towards a Master of Public Health with a concentration in biosecurity and disaster preparedness if students matriculate into SLU's M.P.H. program within two years of completing the certificate and assuming that the certificate courses were not part of a prior degree.

Curriculum Overview

Saint Louis University's post-baccalaureate certificate in biosecurity and infection prevention is a completely online program. Learn more in the program roadmap and requirements tabs.

Careers

Driven by globalization, emerging infectious diseases, the threat of terrorism and more, the field of biosecurity is rapidly expanding. A certificate in biosecurity and infection prevention benefits those who want to work in the military, law enforcement, public health, or state and local governments.

There are also a variety of private-sector or nonprofit employers that require emergency management specialists for situations where emergencies are prone to happen or could be potentially devastating. Examples of these employers include hospitals and health systems, large companies, colleges and universities, and various community relief organizations, such as the Red Cross.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree, preferably with at least a 3.00 grade point average. Experience in a health-related field is preferred, but not required. Applications are reviewed on a holistic and rolling basis. To apply, applicants will need to submit their transcripts, CV, personal statement and two letters of recommendation through SOPHAS Express, the common application system for public health schools and programs.

Tuition

Tuition Cost Per Credit
Graduate Tuition $1,370

Additional charges may apply. Other resources are listed below:

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For more information about Saint Louis University scholarships and financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services online at www.slu.edu/financial-aid/.  

Accreditation

Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). To see our most recent accreditation documentation, please visit the College for Public Health and Social Justice website.

CEPH-Seal
  1. Use an evidence-based approach to develop and analyze human, animal, and environmental hazard-control interventions.
  2. Apply the scientific characteristics, such as transmission routes and control measures, of major biological hazards to develop interventions that minimize human and animal disease. 
  3. Synthesize disaster planning data into risk communication messages regarding biosecurity hazards and risks to responders, the public, the media and policymakers.
BSDP 5103Communicable Diseases and Infection Control3
BSDP 5104Public Health Ecology3
BSDP 5203Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Disasters3
BSDP 5XXX or 6XXX Elective3
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BSDP 5103 Communicable Diseases and Infection Control 3
BSDP Graduate Elective * 3
 Credits6
Spring
BSDP 5104 Public Health Ecology 3
BSDP 5203 Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Disasters 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits12
*

BSDP Certificate electives chosen from MPH Electives - BSDP Departmental Attributes list

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of graduate recruitment and admissions 
bernard.backer@slu.edu 
314-977-8144