The certificate provides an interdisciplinary introduction to man-made and natural biological threats, including a background in the science and technology of biodefense and the specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. Students already pursuing a master's degree in the school may, after admission to a certificate program, in most cases, earn an additional six credits (two courses) in the Schar School to receive a certificate in addition to the master's degree.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admission Policies. Participants must be admitted to a certificate program. Admission requirements are the same as those for the master's programs and may be found on the Schar admissions website.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Termination from Program

Students admitted to a Schar program will be terminated from the program upon receiving one grade of F and are no longer eligible to take courses in the school. Per university regulation, students are terminated from the university after accumulating grades of F in two courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses. See AP.6.6.2 Academic Termination.

Banner Code: PP-CERG-BIOD

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Required Courses

BIOD 604Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and Toxins3
BIOD 609Biodefense Strategy3
Total Credits6


Select three electives from the following:9
Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security
Global Health Security Policy
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Medical Countermeasures for Responding to CBRN Threats and Pandemics
Other course with prior written approval of program director
Total Credits9