The rigorous one-year master’s curriculum provides in-depth understanding of the fundamental aspects of major domestic and global infectious diseases. Coursework and training explore pathogenesis, transmission, prevention, control, treatment, ecology, immunology, vaccinology, and animal models, and provide a comprehensive understanding of related fields.
This comprehensive program provides both theoretical and practical training with laboratory and field techniques used in immunology, molecular biology, and microbiology. Additionally, extensive training is provided in the many techniques used in research and in the development of diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines for infectious diseases, including an animal model course, which provides unique hands-on experience in studying infections in vivo.
Courses are designed to hone students' skills in leadership, critical analysis of literature, writing proposals and manuscripts, biosafety, research ethics, Good Laboratory Practice, and laboratory management.
In addition to completing three semesters of core coursework in residence, students work under renown faculty mentors to develop, write, and present a research proposal related to infectious diseases. Students also participate in a biweekly journal club and are able to cross-register for two elective courses from elsewhere in the university.