This program is designed in response to a need in the biotechnology industry for individuals who desire to become professionals in biodefense or biosecurity.
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The Graduate Certificate in Biodefense and Biosecurity seeks to give individuals a background into the technology to detect, analyze, and respond to biosecurity threats. Enrolled students will study the microbiology and epidemiology of biological agents that are potential threats; identify and propose what countermeasures can be used; and through coursework develop expertise in the response, strategies, and policies related to biodefense and biosecurity. The graduate certificate consists of three biotechnology courses and one public policy and urban affairs course totaling 13-semester-hour credits.
Certificate consists of four graduate courses
This certificate may serve as a gateway to the MS in Biotechnology program. Individuals who successfully complete the certificate, then apply to the MS in Biotechnology program and are accepted, may apply all 13 credits toward the degree program.
This certificate was designed for individuals with or without experience in biodefense and biosecurity.
Develop specialized skills and knowledge in the biodefense and biosecurity field to fill a need in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences industry.
Earn stackable credentials that can later be applied to a Master of Science in Biotechnology.
Set yourself apart from peers and advance your career with cutting-edge skills in biodefense and biosecurity.
A career in biodefense and biosecurity offers an excellent professional opportunity in a growing biotechnology industry. Average salaries, according to BLS.gov, are $85K depending on position and role in the field. The demand for those qualified to enter this field is expected to grow quickly over the coming years. Careers in the sciences often require an advanced degree, and this certificate program provides stackable credentials to put toward a master’s degree in the future.
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