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Infectious Diseases

The MPH concentration in Infectious Diseases provides students with competencies in multiple disciplines including epidemiology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology and vector-borne diseases to address critical problems in the control and prevention of infectious diseases.

Students who complete the concentration will gain special expertise in the pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases appropriate for careers within state and local health departments, federal agencies; or the private sector, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, conducting infectious disease-related research. Students will be exposed to the fundamental concepts underlying the epidemiology and control of a number of infectious diseases affecting global health.

Course of Study

Students are required to take 20 credit hours from the list of courses below with a minimum of 3 credits in each of the following five areas: Epidemiology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Tropical Diseases, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, and Immunology.

Courses that are listed in multiple areas can only be used to satisfy one area requirement.

All Students in the Concentration Must Complete the Following Course:
340.627Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases4 credits2nd term [Internet - 2nd term]
340.608Observational Epidemiology4 credits2nd term [Internet - 4th term]
380.761STI in Public Health Practice*4 credits3rd term [Internet - 4th term]
340.651Emerging Infections2 credits4th term
340.653Epidemiologic Inferences in Outbreak Investigations3 credits4th term
120.602Introduction to Molecular Biology4 credits1st term
260.623Fundamentals of Virology4 credits1st term
550.630Public Health Biology*3 credits1st term [Internet - Summer & 4th terms]
260.627Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections4 credits2nd term
340.654Epidemiology & Natural History\Human Viral Infections*6 credits3rd term [Internet - 1st term]
260.624Advanced Virology4 credits3rd term
223.689Biological Basis of Vaccine Development*3 credits4th term
Prevention & Control of Infectious Diseases:
550.630Public Health Biology*3 credits1st term [Internet - Summer & 4th term]
260.636Evolution of Infectious Diseases3 credits1st term
223.662Vaccine Development and Application4 credits2nd term [Internet - 2nd term]
223.663Infectious Diseases and Child Survival3 credits3rd term
223.687Vaccine Policy Issues3 credits3rd term
380.761STI in Public Health Practice*4 credits3rd term [Internet - 4th term]
340.612Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis Control*2 credits3rd term [Internet - 1st term]
223.680Global Disease Control Programs & Policies4 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
223.689Biologic Basis of Vaccine Development*3 credits4th term
Parasitology/Tropical Diseases:
260.635Biology of Parasitism*4 credits2nd term
260.650Vector Biology and Vector-borne Diseases*3 credits3rd term
223.682Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases3 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
260.656Malariology*4 credits

3rd term [Internet - 4th term;
consent req. for full-time MPH
students for internet offering.

For students with minimal or no prior background in immunology:
260.631Immunology, Infection, and Disease*3 credits2nd term
For students with some background in immunology:
260.611Principles of Immunology I4 credits1st term
260.712Clinical Immunology3 credits4th term

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Capstone Experience

The MPH capstone experience in Infectious Diseases is an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned to an infectious disease public health problem. Students are required to register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800) in 4th term. Additional credits of special studies research (XXX.840) can be completed in 3rd term under the direction of their capstone advisor.

Students will prepare a paper on a specific infectious disease reviewing current key knowledge in the pathogenesis or control of the disease and focus on identifying at least two critical areas in need of additional research or public health solutions. Each paper topic must be approved by the student's advisor based upon a brief outline. Each student will present the working oral presentation in a special MPH symposium in May or an alternative venue approved by the concentration faculty.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Clive Shiff, PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, 410-955-1263,

Kenrad Nelson, MD, Professor, Epidemiology, 410-955-1296,

Neal Halsey, MD, Professor, International Health, 410-955-6964,

Noreen Hynes, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, International Health, 410-614-7196,