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University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificates (Public Health) [Graduate]

Embedded Graduate Certificate in Communicable Diseases 

General Information

The embedded Graduate Certificate in Communicable Diseases will provide courses to learn: 1) the characteristics of specific communicable diseases; 2) how to control communicable diseases, and; 3) about methods to monitor and study communicable diseases. Students pursue the Certificate in Communicable Diseases by fulfilling their degree requirements and by completing the following course requirements (★9) as part of their electives.

Entrance Requirements

The certificate is open to students enrolled in an MSc degree in the School of Public Health (SPH), with a particular interest in Communicable Diseases. This certificate will also be available to students in other graduate degrees in the SPH, as well as other Faculties.

Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application for the certificate.

Students in the SPH MSc programs will be required to register for the certificate no later than September 30 of their second year, or at completion of ★12 if studying part-time.

For information on the application process for the certificate, refer to the School of Public Health at www.ualberta.ca/public-health.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the following:

One of:

  • MDCH 646 Introduction to Public Health Surveillance (University of Calgary: accessible through Western Dean’s Agreement);
  • Another graduate level (★3) methods course relevant to Communicable Disease approved by student’s Supervisory Committee

Any Three Topics in Public Health:


  • HIV: a Public Health Perspective;
  • Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control;
  • Tuberculosis;
  • Malaria; 
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization Programs;
  • Outbreak investigation


The certificate will be awarded at the time the students earn their degree.