College of Public Health Catalog 2014/2015

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Infection Control (Online Graduate Certificate)

Description
The University of South Florida’s Graduate Certificate in Infection Control enhances the knowledge base of post-baccalaureate nurses, medical technologists, microbiologists, or other health professionals employed as infection control practitioners. The director is certified in infection control (CIC) and brings over 25 years of infection control experience to administer this program. The design of the certificate encourages critical thinking skills that build competency for infection control professionals and provides managerial skills for effective infection control practice. The courses in the certificate program provide a comprehensive knowledge base to prepare students for the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) examination. (Note: specific infection control practical experience requirements must be met to sit for the CBIC exam).

Course Location/Delivery
This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements
The applicant must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in nursing, medicine, microbiology or one in a related environmental or occupational health field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Appropriate work experience is required.

Application Process
Please visit http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/application-process.aspx to access the application. In addition, to the application forms please submit:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. A resume
  3. A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study

Prerequisites
None are required

Requirements
Total program hours: 12

Twelve (12) semester hours in the following courses must be successfully completed. No substitution is allowed for the specific courses. Applicants should note that the following four-course sequence will be incorporated in the existing Global Health Communicable Disease Track.

    • PHC 6562 Microbiology for Healthcare Workers (3 credits)
    • PHC 6517 Infectious Disease Prevention Strategies (3 credits)
    • PHC 6314 Infection Control Program Design (3 credits)
    • PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance & Monitoring (3 credits)

Electives are not required.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, it is possible to complete the certificate in one year if two courses are taken in the fall semester.

Application of Certificate Courses Towards Graduate Degree
See USF Transfer of Credit Policy.

Standardized Test Requirements
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Registration Process
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to http://usfonline.admin.usf.edu/, the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system. Follow directions given on-line. To access online course materials, students must have the USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain the NetID. New students, including those studying online, may obtain the USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain the USFCard.

Tuition and Fees
Standard graduate tuition rates and fees apply for graduate students who also pursue this graduate certificate and for non-degree graduate certificate students taking these courses on campus. Please visit  http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/cost-to-attend.aspx for tuition information.

Transfer credit
Non-degree seeking students and transfer students may apply one course to a graduate certificate with department approval.

Certificate Contact Information
Dr. Donna Haiduven
(813) 974-6472
dhaiduve@health.usf.edu

Pre Admissions Advising - Public Health
preadmissions@health.usf.edu

Special Notes

USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612-3805
Toll Free 888-USF-COPH (press 1 for Student Advising)

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