The appearance of new infectious diseases and resurgence of old ones, often in new and drug-resistant forms, brings renewed urgency to infectious disease epidemiology. Infectious disease epidemiologists–with cross-training in classical epidemiology, and approaches such as mathematical modeling, behavioral science, pathogen evolution and genomics–are in increasing demand to respond to emerging threats and improve control of endemic diseases.

The Interdisciplinary Program in Infectious Disease Epidemiology unites students in various departments who are interested in and take classes in the subject. The Interdisciplinary Program sponsors many events. These include seminars, the annual Freeman Symposium for presentation of student and postdoc research, and social events. Participation in these events is open to the entire HSPH community. Students may participate in Interdisciplinary Program activities after they are admitted through departments at HSPH and note on the application their desire to affiliate with the Interdisciplinary Program. For example, a student may apply to the Department of Epidemiology, selecting a Doctor of Science or Master of Science degree program, and note their desire to join the Interdisciplinary Program on the application. Most likely, such a student would identify Infectious Disease Epidemiology as their “area of interest.” However, some students might choose a related area of interest (such as Cancer Epidemiology). Students may also choose to affiliate with the Interdisciplinary Program once they are accepted. Please click HERE for information for prospective students in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology area of interest.

Students may also participate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Infectious Disease Epidemiology after admission into master’s or doctoral programs in other departments. These include the Department of Biostatistics, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Department of Global Health and Population.


Interdisciplinary Concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

One aspect of the Interdisciplinary Program is to certify students who have followed a specific curriculum of coursework in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and related topics, known as the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  To obtain a certificate of completion of the Interdisciplinary Concentration , a student in any of the participating departments must complete a minimum number of required and elective courses. Information about these courses and requirements is HERE.

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