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International Health

MSPH International Health

Global Disease Epidemiology and Control (GDEC)

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