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Epidemiology Degree

Program Overview

Infection prevention and control are crucial components of a safe healthcare setting. An infection preventionist or epidemiologist is responsible for preventing and containing infectious diseases in healthcare environment. Infection preventionists have several duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to gathering and analyzing data on infectious diseases and infection rates and trends as well as analyzing environmental health.

This online master’s of science program is designed to create leaders and educators in the prevention of infections across the healthcare continuum using epidemiological and infection prevention tools and principles. This program develops students in to change agents who will use systems thinking, data analysis, and prepares students to use evidence-based practice to facilitate collaboration that improves patients’ safety. The core benefit of this program is the diversity of professional students and the integration of learning across care settings. Graduates from this program will be prepared to assume collaborative research roles in public health and healthcare settings around the world.

Infection preventionists can work in settings like:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory care
  • Home care
  • Long term care facilities
  • Public health

Program Curriculum


Infection Prevention & Epidemiology

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Critically evaluate the application of epidemiologic methods to answer public health questions
  • Synthesize epidemiologic literature
  • Understand and apply principles of ethical conduct
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research

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Application Information

Program Application: Applicants must complete an online graduate application. 

Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit an official transcript that shows completion of a baccalaureate degree. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater for a BA or BS degree

  • A cumulative GPA is calculated by averaging all GPAs that lead to the completion of the bachelor degree.
  • Any applicant who does not meet the minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher, or does not have a GPA on their transcript, must complete the graduate record examination (GRE). GRE scores expire in five years.
    • Acceptable GRE scores include:
      • Verbal: 150
      • Quantitative: 149

Personal Essay: Applicants are required to complete a one-page essay.

Curriculum Vitae or Résumé: Applicants are required to submit a CV or résumé.

Placement Essay: The material to complete the placement essay will be emailed once an application is started.

Application Fee: Applicants must pay a $50 application fee.

All international transcripts must be submitted with an official transcript evaluation in English from an evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) such as ECE or WES..

Completion of three prerequisite courses:  (these courses must have been taken within the last 5 years)

  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits)
    • 2 Anatomy & Physiology courses or
    • 1 Anatomy and 1 Physiology course taken separately
  • Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
Program Cost
  • Total General Program Cost (those outside of PSJH): $33,408
  • Total cost for PSJH caregivers and their dependents: $24,948
Additional Costs

Fees for required materials: Textbooks.

  • Textbooks: Varies by course, please check the University of Providence online bookstore for up to date lists, ISBNs, and costs.
  • Fees associated with background check, drug screen and upload of immunization records from Verified Credentials is $126.80
Program Format

How the program is delivered:  asynchronous.

Number of semesters required: 6 semesters for a total of 23 months.

Length of semesters: Eight-week online courses for working professionals with short breaks between courses.

How long it typically takes a person to complete the program: 23 months.

Details of orientation: 
  • Location: All students are encouraged to attend a face-to-face orientation at the beginning of the program. These are currently held in Renton WA at the Providence St. Joseph Health System Office.
  • Length: 1 day.
  • Purpose: The literature supports successful on-line programs with high graduation rates require an initial face-to-face orientation. This one-day session helps to build a student community, introduction to the university, faculty, and program coursework.

Cohort model (yes or no): Yes.

Cohort start date: August of each year.

Program Curriculum
  • MSI 501¬†Introduction to Epidemiology¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 505 Statistics & Research Methods¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 510 Principles & Epidemiology of Infectious Disease¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 515 Molecular & Immunological Methods in Infectious Disease¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 520 Clinical Microbiology¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 525 Antimicrobial Stewardship¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 530 Reprocessing & Environment of Care¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 535 Regulation and Quality Improvement¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 540 Principles of Surveillance and Reporting¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 545 Healthcare Informatics & Data Management¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 550 Transformational Leadership¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI 695 Internship & Capstone I¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI¬† 697 Internship & Capstone II¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • MSI¬† 699¬†Internship & Capstone II
Program Themes
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Identification, Prevention & Control of Infections
  • Surveillance & Epidemiological Investigation
  • Program Development & Integration
  • Patient Safety & Quality
  • Effective Communication
  • Continuum of Care
  • Influencing Human Behavior
  • Inter-professional Collaboration
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Life-long Learning
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates in the IPE degree program demonstrate the following program learning outcomes:
  1. Lead inter-professional teams to design and implement infection prevention strategies.
  2. Identify and analyze infectious disease processes across the continuum of care.
  3. Develop and implement a comprehensive infection prevention program using research and evidence-based practice to improve patient safety.
  4. Conduct surveillance and investigate epidemiological patterns to prevent transmission of infections.
  5. Synthesize complex information and educate healthcare communities.
  6. Assess the environmental and behavioral influences related to disease transmission.
  7. Apply data collections methods, applications, sampling systems and informatics to improve decision-making and accountability.
  8. Serve as an organizational resource for continuous learning and inquiry.
Employment Forecast

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job outlook for this field is on target with the national average at about 10%. Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of occupational health and safety technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Specialists and technicians will be needed in a wide variety of industries to ensure that employers adhere to both existing and new regulations. Additionally, average salaries for those entering the field is roughly $69,370.

Partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health

Our students are prepared to be leaders in healthcare. Our unique partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) offers students the opportunity to receive a quality education with a direct connection to the healthcare industry.


Designed for students to become skilled, competent, lifelong learners in a rapidly changing and complex healthcare arena.


Healthcare courses are offered online with state-of-the-art video conference capabilities.

Affordable Cost, Big Value

With already competitive tuition rates, students can access multiple scholarship opportunities that could lead to significant tuition reduction.

Engaged Teaching and Learning

Students learn effectively from faculty who help facilitate all learning experiences.

Internship Opportunities

Students have access to PSJH facilities across seven states in numerous healthcare settings that prepare them for real-world job placement.

Job Opportunities

During the last semester of their academic program, students have the opportunity to apply for employment within PSJH.

Contact Information