Online Certificate

The Online Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases is designed with working professions in mind.

The Online Certificate Program for Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases’ is undergoing a curriculum review. Admissions for the certificate program will re-open for Fall 2021 admission. Thank you for your patience. 

2 Semesters

12 Credits
Full-Time or Part-Time

Fully Online
High Interaction with Professors

What You’ll Learn

The Online Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases is a 12-credit certificate program focusing on critical concepts of biological threats to health security.  The curriculum covers classic biological threat agents as well as the future of global health security, bioterrorism, homeland security, and preparedness and response to CBRNE threats. Graduates of our program are employed in both public health and security-focused positions across government, academia, and private sector organizations.

Our certificate program provides full-time working professionals an opportunity to build their knowledge-base on emerging threats across the biological, chemical, and nuclear security spheres.  Students will graduate with an official Georgetown Certificate as well as a transcript from Georgetown University. Credits earned from the certificate can be transferred to the master’s program in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious and PhD program in Microbiology.

Certificate Requirements

List of core & elective courses for the degree program can be found here.

Certificate Requirements

Course Schedule

Example full-time student course schedule is available.

Course Schedule

Application Process

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Why a degree in biodefense?

Global communication and transportation systems have evolved to a point where communicable diseases can rapidly disseminate around the world. This ever-evolving landscape requires an interdisciplinary approach and a workforce for global health security and biodefense.