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.
Education and research on aspects of infectious disease occur in a number of HSPH departments, including:
These departments participate in the interdisciplinary concentration in the epidemiology of infectious disease, which provides students with the skills to monitor, prevent, and suppress diverse emerging infectious diseases, while pursuing a variety of biomedical career options in both the public and private sectors. This goal is achieved through a combination of coursework and research opportunities.
Infectious Disease Epidemiology as an Area of Interest
For students in the Department of Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Epidemiology may be selected as one of the 12 tracks, or Areas of Interest. Students choose elective courses in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and conduct thesis or dissertation research toward fulfillment of their degree program requirements.
Learn more about all Areas of Interest in the Department of Epidemiology.
Interdisciplinary Concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (School-wide)
Focusing on population studies that incorporate quantitative, epidemiologic and laboratory methods, the Interdisciplinary Concentration in the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases prepares students to embark on careers in the academic, government and private sectors. This academic program is intended for degree-seeking students across different departments who desire careers in research and/or teaching in infectious disease. Coursework requirements combine training in general epidemiologic theory and methods with substantive emphasis on infectious diseases; students then acquire research experience through summer projects, seminars, working groups, and meetings.
Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Concentration curriculum.