Certificate in Infection Prevention Program
What is the Duration of The Program?
You will be able to complete this Certificate in 1.5 years; however, you are allowed three years to complete the program.
Our Certificate will require you to complete 4 courses (12 credit hours) within a 36-month period. Our Certificate may be completed fully online and is comprised of 4 courses: Principles of Infection Prevention; Healthcare Associated Infections: Surveillance, Data, and Reports; Infection Prevention in Healthcare Facilities; and the choice of either Infectious Disease Epidemiology or Transmission of Infectious Diseases. Transmission of Infectious Diseases is the only course not offered online.
As each of the courses within the certificate is independent of other courses, there is no "start" or "stop" in the program. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of "B". There is no culminating experience required.
What Courses Will I Be Taking?
- EOH 701 — Measurement Techniques in Infection Prevention
Students will study the epidemiology of healthcare associated infections (HAI), and the statistical methods used to evaluate these data. They will also become familiar with the various metrics used by the governmental agencies to evaluate hospitals based on the infection prevention data submitted.
- EOH 730 — Overview of the Healthcare Infection Prevention Program
Provides an overview to the critical elements and functions of healthcare facilities' infection prevention programs as required by the multiple of regulatory agencies. Also serves as a guide and review for the Certification in Infection Control examination.
- EOH 750 — Healthcare Facility Infection Prevention Programs
Students will examine and review the infection prevention program requirements and essentials in the healthcare setting, including the ambulatory surgery setting, infusion centers, hospital-based surgical suites, radiology departments (invasive and diagnostic), laboratories, specialty units (including burn, oncology, and behavioral health), women’s care units (including neonatal intensive care units), general medical and surgical care units, pharmacy, and emergency departments. This will be done in the context of the requirements established by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS).
- EAB 725 — Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
EAB 725 introduces the basic concepts in infectious disease epidemiology. Students develop a basic conceptual understanding and analytic skills in the investigation and control of infectious diseases in human populations. Students describe the most common infectious diseases, including their transmission, pathogenesis, treatment, prevention, and control.
- EOH 747 — Transmission of Infectious Diseases*
The course offers exposure to disease-causing microorganisms occurs via inhalation, ingestion, and dermal contact. Students will study transmission of selected microorganisms via the air, water, food, vectors, and person-to-person contact.
*This course is the only course within the Certificate not offered online.
What Should I Expect to Learn in the Program?
Upon completion of this certificate, students will demonstrate an understanding of:
- The regulatory requirements guiding Infection Prevention (IP) programs
- The principles and practices of sterilization and disinfection
- The epidemiology and biostatistics to support an infection prevention program
- The inter-relationship of hospital/healthcare facilities departments and IP
- The ability to analyze scientific data and publications
What are the Program Fees?
Tuition and fees are established by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents. The cost of the program will be the current UNLV tuition and fee rates for 12 graduate-level academic units. Please visit UNLV Cashiering for a more information and access to a tuition estimator.
How do I Apply?
Please visit the Admissions page for more information about the application process to our program.