What will a graduate gain from the learning outcomes of this program?

The Master of Science in Infection Prevention & Epidemiology (IPE) degree is designed to create leaders who will use epidemiologic and infection prevention principles and tools to prevent infections and provide education across the care continuum. Acting as a change agent, the students who graduate from this program will use systems thinking, data, and evidence-based practice to facilitate collaboration to improve patient safety. A core benefit of this program is the diversity of professional students that stimulates exchanges and integrations of learning across care settings.

What is the course curriculum for this graduate program?

The course curriculum consists of these 12 courses:

IPE Courses


Introduction to Epidemiology


Statistics & Research Methods


Principles & Epidemiology of Infectious Disease


Molecular and Immunological Methods in Infectious Disease


Clinical Microbiology


Antimicrobial Stewardship


Reprocessing & Environment of Care


Regulation & Quality Improvement


Principles of Surveillance and Reporting


Healthcare Informatics & Data Management


Transformational Leadership


Internship and Capstone


Who is eligible to apply to this graduate program?

All Providence St. Joseph Health and partner organization caregivers who currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree. This program is also open to the public (non-Providence students) and will be advertised with the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology because of the critical need to educate IPs in the nation.

How many students are accepted into each cohort and is this a competitive program?

The University of Providence will accept 20 students per section in this program.  The number of sections each cohort will depend on the number of applications received. This is a highly competitive program and all students will be ranked against the application requirements.

When does the program begin and when does the program finish?

The program begins in January and August each year. Students complete the graduate program in 23 months.

Is there a required face-to-face orientation at the beginning of the program?

Yes, all students must attend a face-to-face orientation at the beginning of the program. Successful online programs with high graduation rates require an initial face-to-face orientation to help build a student community, introduction to the university and program coursework.

How many credits are required for graduation?

36 credits are required to graduate from this program. Students will NOT be able to transfer any graduate level courses from another institution to be applied towards the program requirements.

Is this a full-time or part-time graduate program?

This is a part-time graduate program. Students will complete one on-line course every eight weeks. Students will have a short break in between courses.

How are courses sequenced and delivered to students?

Each course is delivered on-line or asynchronous. Each on-line course is designed to build upon the previous course to improve student learning and application of skills, assignments, resources and knowledge.

What is the cost of the program?

Providence St. Joseph Health and Partner organization caregivers and are eligible for special tuition pricing for this program. The cost of this program is $31,500 ($875 per credit).  With the PSJH special tuition pricing, caregivers, adult benefit recipients and dependents pay $23,100 ($641 per credit). Financial Aid is available for this program.

This information is based on the 2018-19 school year.  Tuition is subject to change each academic year.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Applicants can apply for financial aid on the UP website at For questions, contact the Financial Aid office at 406791-5202.

When will the university begin accepting applications?

This program has an open application period.  Applicants may apply for upcoming programs at any time and will be offered acceptance into the next available cohort start date.

What are the application requirements?
  • A completed University of Providence online application & fee
  • Applicants are required to pay a $50 application fee.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until this fee has been received.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater for a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree
  • Any applicant who does not have a 3.0 or higher GPA, or a GPA listed on their official transcript, must complete the graduate record examination (GRE). GRE scores expire in five years.
    • Acceptable GRE scores include:
      • Verbal: 150
      • Quantitative: 149
  • Official college transcripts verifying degree earned and date, as well as any transcripts verifying completion of program prerequisites.
    • 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.
  • Personal essay
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
When will students be notified of their acceptance in the program?
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance as completed applications are submitted and reviewed. In order to secure a seat in the program, the applicant must complete an acceptance survey and pay a non-refundable $500 deposit which will be applied to the student’s tuition bill for first course.
Who do I contact for additional information?