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Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Epidemiology & Health Surveillance

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Undergraduate Certificate in
Epidemiology & Health Surveillance?


The Undergraduate Certificate in Epidemiology & Health Surveillance leads students to explore, analyze, and evaluate epidemiology in global contexts where God may be calling them to live and work missionally. Consequently, graduates are able to lead in tracking the spread of disease and evaluate the effectiveness of systemic and treatment approaches.

The United States Center for Disease Conrol describes epidemiology as "the study of the origin and causes of diseases in a community. It is the scientific method of investigation problem-solving used by disease detectives—epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, statisticians, physicians and other health care providers, and public health professionals—to get to the root of health problems and outbreaks in a community." Healthcare workers trained in epidemiology are desperately needed in healthcare mission around the world to prevent future outbreaks of disease from occuring. The Undergraduate Certificate in Epidemiology & Health Surveillance equips missional leaders to care for the physical health of peoples by gaining information that can improve outbreak detection and timely respone to people in need.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Bachelor degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to caring for physical health in the mission of God.

Addresses the worldwide experience of suffering through a biblically-informed perspective for the sake of the Church’s mission to a hurting world. Topics addressed in this course will include pastoral care, nursing, healthcare, and healing (both spiritual and physical) as they pertain to disease and disability. Students will be assessed on the readings and lectures through online discussion, case-studies, and service projects.

This course provides the foundational concepts and practical skills for designing and implementing surveillance systems, for using surveillance data for the conduct and evaluation of public health programs and research. Topics covered in this course include historical development of surveillance; planning a surveillance system, sources of health related information, collecting surveillance data, analyzing and interpreting surveillance data, and the use of surveillance data for public health action.

The purpose of this course is to introduce missional leaders to the field of epidemiology and its utilization in public health. The course will explore the role and principles of epidemiology and describe components of epidemiology such as frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in human population. The course is designed to help students apply epidemiologic concepts and methods in identifying distribution and determinants of disease

This course examines the science concerned with controlling and preventing infectious diseases in communities.This course provides an epidemiological approach to the study of the incidence, prevalence, and patterns of disease and injury in populations, and the application of this study to the control of public health problems.Topics covered in this course include outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness for diseases such as acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.

The number of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is rising. This course explores the main NCDs including cardio-vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mental health disorders and cancer. It will cover the geographical variation in disease and assess solutions to reduce chronic diseases. The course also explores how to communicate and minister to people living with NCDs.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Joining the Mission of God

Is this Your Mission?

Healthcare Missionary, Community Health Ministry Leader, Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Specialist, Community Health Worker, Community Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Epidemiologist, Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Investigator, Healthcare Educator, Public Health Epidemiologist, State Epidemiologist



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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80% Tuition


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40% Tuition


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3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.