College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Infection Control (Online Graduate Certificate)

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).

Required Courses

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.

Course location/delivery
This certificate is offered fully online.

Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

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

Standardized tests
Standardized tests are not required.

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. Appropriate work experience is required.

Application process
Please visit 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

Registration process
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to, 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: to obtain the NetID. New students, including those studying online, may obtain the USFCard. Please visit: 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 for tuition information.

Time limit
It is possible to complete the certificate in one year if two courses are taken in the fall semester.

Department Contact Information
Dr. Donna Haiduven at (813) 974-6472 or

New Student Advisor
Pre-Admission Counseling and Advising (813) 974-6505 or

Special Notes

•  This graduate certificate does not require that you submit GRE scores with your application
•  You may apply and/or enroll any semester as a certificate student.

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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