Epidemiology and Biostatistics (GC)

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Length of program

Part-time; up to 36 months

Mode of delivery


Program consists of:





Fall and Spring

Program description

This Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics provides students with advanced training in public health research methods and analysis. Through the completion of advanced coursework students will have the opportunity to strengthen their ability to design, coordinate, execute, analyze, and report on the findings of epidemiologic studies related to outbreaks and endemic infectious and chronic disease, and analyze large public health surveillance data sets, without completing a Master’s degree. All students will complete courses that will prepare them to conduct systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, case-control studies, diagnostic testing studies, and learn how to analyze findings using biostatistical methods and R software. 

Coursework may be considered for transfer credit to the Public Health Specialization in the Master of Science degree program with a major in Health Sciences for students who are admitted to that program at a later date.

Learning outcomes:

  • Derive and apply solutions from research to real life problems in public health.
  • Model the factors that contribute to the emergence and spread of infectious disease, and learn how infectious disease can be prevented and controlled.
  • Understand how social networks, patterns of travel, living conditions, and climate/season interact to influence infectious disease, health behaviour, and chronic disease in rural and urban populations. Learn to write grants and proposals to support public health research.
  • Design, execute, and manage observational and experimental epidemiologic studies.
  • Design, execute, and manage systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and other types of knowledge synthesis projects.
  • Design biostatistical analyses for different types of health studies.
  • Interpret research findings using biostatistical methods.
  • Learn to disseminate research findings to decision-makers, industry, and health systems to inform evidence-based practices using accessible, plain language.

International applicants:

Graduates of this graduate certificate are not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit as this is a part-time program. Please contact the International Centre before submitting an application to this program.

In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

Additional information

Applicants must normally meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e. undergraduate degree) from a recognized degree-granting institution
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the ULethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses (60.0 credit hours)
  • Completed 3.0 credit university-level epidemiology course
  • Recommended background is a 3.0 credit hour epidemiology course
  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students
Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Before you begin an application, please review the supporting documents below. If additional documentation is required, the Faculty of Health Sciences will contact you.

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to registration.
Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts.

Step 4: Admission Decision Process

The relevant Graduate Program Committee reviews your application and makes an admission decision. This may take from six to 10 weeks after your program's application deadline.

*Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue or contact graduate.health@uleth.ca.


Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.
Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.
Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at applyalberta.ca.
Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information.


This program consists of four graduate-level courses. Course descriptions are available in the course catalogue. Please see the dynamic schedule on the Registrar's Office website to see when courses are delivered.

Three required courses:
  • PUBH 5003 Advanced Epidemiology
  • PUBH 5001 Biostatistics I
  • PUBH 5500 Biostatistics II
One elective course:

Students can choose a course that furthers their skills in applied research, or apply the skills they have gained in a graduate course on infectious disease outbreaks and control.

  • PUBH 5000 Applied Public Health Research Methods
  • PUBH 5006 Applied Infectious Disease