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MSPH in International Health, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Global Disease Epidemiology and Control (GDEC) Program

Director, Dr. Andrea Ruff

The GDEC Program trains students to use epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to design, implement and evaluate disease control interventions of public health importance to underserved populations. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty at field sites across the world, gaining hands-on experience in global health research and program implementation. 

The program emphasizes biomedical interventions (e.g. therapeutic or prophylactic drugs, vaccines or environmental modifications). Most projects are interdisciplinary and draw on knowledge and expertise across the School in partnership with international collaborators. Students can acquire a broad understanding of the methods, skills, and tools needed to design, conduct, and analyze community and clinical trials and/or laboratory-based investigations. 

Special strengths of the GDEC program include

  • Infectious disease epidemiology (including emerging infections)

  • Evaluation of health programs in developing settings  

  • Community-based maternal and neonatal health approaches

  •  mHealth strategies to address health and wellness challenges

  • Certificate in Vaccine Science and Policy. This certificate requires coursework on vaccinology, spanning biological bases, clinical trials, development, application and policy with a concentration of coursework and research opportunities.