Infection Prevention and Control

Enhance your health care training with infection prevention and control coursework offered through our online certificate program. Gain the skills to transition into this dynamic field. Format: Online

This program is perfect for...

  • Professionals in health care and allied health specialties pursuing Infection Preventionist roles
  • Public health practitioners interested in infection prevention training for acute care hospital settings
  • Individuals with health care-related field experience in biology, lab technology, medicine, nursing, public health, etc.
  • Novice Infection Preventionists seeking expanded occupational knowledge

What you can learn.

  • Hospital epidemiology concepts, methodologies, tools, and techniques for mitigating infection risks
  • How to identify infections using National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions
  • Practical approaches to detecting and responding to infectious disease clusters and/or outbreaks
  • Data analysis for measuring the impact of quality improvement programs
  • Goal-setting and best practices implementation for meeting patient care needs

Help meet the growing need for Infection Preventionists.

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Today, more than ever, health care professionals with infection prevention and control training are in demand. These Infection Preventionists (IPs) are educators whose job it is to proactively address, create awareness around, and work to reduce avoidable germ/disease spread in hospitals and health care facilities.

The UCLA Extension Infection Prevention and Control Certificate program offers nurses, public health practitioners, and other allied health professionals the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to become certified in this emerging field.

A unique online certificate program.

A collaboration between the top 10-ranked UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and top five-ranked UCLA Health, the program covers both the academic and practical aspects of an IP career. Instructors are industry experts with invaluable professional and employment insights. All infection prevention and control courses are offered online, to accommodate various learning styles. The program can be completed in one year, from anywhere.

Preparation for board certification.

The infection prevention and control program consists of six four-unit, post-baccalaureate courses, collectively designed to provide the fundamental knowledge required of candidates seeking jobs in the field. The curriculum aligns with the evidence-based competency model of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and serves as a foundation to prepare for the certification exam administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC).

Format: 100% online
Duration: The program can be completed in 4 quarters

Learn more about this program by viewing the pre-recorded informational webinar below.


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Suggested Prerequisites

  • A minimum of bachelor's degree in a health care-related field*
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in your degree program(s), verified by transcript

*An associate degree in nursing, respiratory therapy, or other allied health field; graduate coursework in a health care-related field, or a bachelor's degree in non-health care disciplines may be considered. 

The first two courses in this program are open enrollment. You may take the first two courses without committing to the program. However, the remaining four courses in the certificate are open only to students who have established certificate candidacy. Establishing certificate candidacy provides many benefits exclusive to our certificate students. To establish certificate candidacy, click 'Apply Now' below. Each class is paid for individually.
When enrolling in courses, we recommend taking them in the order listed below.

4 Consecutive Quarters:

  • Fall Quarter: 2 Courses - Take PUB HLT X 410 & PUB HLT X 411
  • Winter Quarter: 2 Courses - Take PUB HLT X 412 & PUB HLT X 413
  • Spring Quarter: 1 Course - Take PUB HLT X 414
  • Summer Quarter: 1 Course - Take PUB HLT X 415

Courses are X 400 level, post-baccalaureate offerings in the online asynchronous format. All six courses are required to complete the certificate.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

Instructors have a range of experiences, including public health, epidemiology, and medicine. They hold leadership positions at reputable institutions, including, but not limited to UCLA Health, Kaiser Permanente, The Joint Commission, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Program faculty hold advanced degrees in subjects including medicine, public health, and epidemiology; guest lecturers will include infectious disease physicians and former Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) officers from the Centers for Disease Control.

The advisory board includes licensed, practicing health care professionals representing the field of infection prevention and control. Members participated in the development and review of the curriculum, identified instructors, and provided guidance on program admission requirements. They include: 

  • Zachary Rubin MD, Chief Medical Epidemiologist, LA County Department of Public Health 
  • Daniel Uslan MD, Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer, UCLA Health 
  • Shira Shafir PhD, Associate Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health 
  • Kyle McJunkin PhD, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health 
  • Shaunté Walton, MS, CIC, System Director, Clinical Epidemiology & Infection Prevention, UCLA Health 
  • Ebony Talley, MPH, MBA, CIC, CPHQ, Assistant Medical Center Administrator-Quality Services, Kaiser Permanente 
  • Sherry Watson-Lawler, BSN, MBA, CPHQ, Hospital Surveyor, Division of Accreditation & Certification Operations, The Joint Commission 
  • Tiffany Dogan, MPH, CIC, Infection Prevention Program Manager, UCLA Health
  • David Sampson, Director, Media Relations, UCLA Health


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