Online Graduate Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases

Admissions Requirements


We are closing the Online Certificate Program for Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases' admissions portal for the year 2020, as we are in the midst of reviewing and revising our current online courses. Our program is estimated to re-open for Fall 2021. 

For Fall Semester: May 15th    
For Spring Semester: November 1st

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS Required for Non-Native English Speakers
  • Statement of Purpose: 500-word (max) academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the biomedical graduate program
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA

Georgetown University is authorized to admit online students in many states in pursuant to its membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). A list of current SARA member states is available here.

Information for distance education students at Georgetown University is available through the Office of Compliance and Ethics.

We follow the main campus refund policies, the current refund schedule available here


Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers an online Graduate Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases.  The graduate program focuses on Microbiology of CDC Category A through C biothreat agents, i.e. smallpox, plague, anthrax, tularemia, and Ebola.  The graduate program will focus on an overview of threat agents more specifically the following:

  • Sociological prospective on biodefense
  • Bioterrorism
  • Homeland security, Preparedness, Response, and Capacity to CBRNE Threats
  • Community Resilience

Certificate Highlights

  • Program is offered entirely online.
  • Full time (2 courses per semester) or part time (1 course per semester) study options are available.
  • Admitted students work towards a graduate certificate; course content is as rigorous as that of on-campus graduate classes.
  • Full-time and adjunct faculty of the Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Diseases Master of Science program at Georgetown University teaches courses.
  • Admitted students enjoy online access to Georgetown library and other resources and regular communication with their professors and other certificate students.
  • Graduating students will receive an official Georgetown Certificate as well as a transcript from the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The credit hours earned are fully transferable into the MS and Ph.D. programs offered by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Please note that if you are interested in the M.S. or the Ph.D. program upon completion of the Certificate program, you will need to re-apply and be accepted into one of those programs in order to matriculate.