Epidemiology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Epidemiologists are "disease detectives." At Saint Louis University, students who complete their certificate in epidemiology will start learning the investigative skills necessary to understand how to control disease and injury patterns in populations.

The epidemiology curriculum at SLU prepares students to discover how various behavioral, genetic, environmental and health policy factors affect the health of communities.

Whether it's an infectious disease outbreak, such as influenza, or a disparately high rate of hypertension in a resource-poor community, epidemiologists do the fieldwork that pinpoints the root causes, what the risks are, who is at risk and how to prevent further harm to the public.

Curriculum Overview

The certificate program in epidemiology is designed for three distinct audiences: 

  1. Students actively pursuing their M.P.H. at Saint Louis University in a concentration other than epidemiology.
  2. Graduate students in other disciplines at SLU who seek additional training in disease tracking.
  3. Professionals seeking to gain additional skills in epidemiological methodology.

This 12-credit certificate can be completed over one to two years and is offered in person.


Students of epidemiology at SLU have gone on to careers in public health departments, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in hospitals and health systems doing infectious disease control and outcomes research, consulting companies and more. 

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 Cost Per Credit
Graduate Tuition $1,370

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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.


  1. Assess the health of populations by comparing appropriate health-related metrics across populations, places and times.

  2. Apply epidemiologic methods to draw valid inferences from public health data.

  3. Synthesize epidemiologic findings and communicate them to technical and non-technical audiences. 

BST 5100Introduction to General Linear Modeling3
EPI 5020Epidemiology Methods II3
EPI 5XXXEPI Graduate Elective from MPH Electives - Epidemiology Departmental Attributes6
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
BST 5100 Introduction to General Linear Modeling 3
EPI 5020 Epidemiology Methods II 3
Year Two
Epidemiology Attributed Graduate Elective 3
Epidemiology Attributed Graduate Elective 3
 Total Credits12

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of graduate recruitment and admissions