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The Global Disease Epidemiology and Control (GDEC) Program trains students to be future leaders in identifying disease etiologies, and in the design, implementation and evaluation of biomedical interventions to prevent, mitigate or treat diseases of global public health importance.

Accomplished, innovative, and involved faculty are leaders in the fields of infectious disease epidemiology (including emerging infections), vaccinology, and spatial and epidemic modeling of infectious diseases. Faculty are also global leaders in shaping disease control policy.

GDEC Graduates

MSPH graduates are public health practitioners who design, implement and evaluate programs to address global public health problems.

PhD graduates provide leadership in research on infectious disease epidemiology and evaluation of prevention and control interventions.

GDEC graduates enjoy careers in academia, government and nongovernment sectors, and industry. Alumni hold faculty appointments at leading universities and ministries of health on five continents and positions at major global health organizations, including WHO, CDC, FDA, NIH, the World Bank, and the International Vaccine Institute.

GDEC Requirements

Doctoral candidates: degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry, or a master’s degree or equivalent graduate training in epidemiology, statistics, international health, tropical medicine, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, or virology.

Master’s candidates: strong undergraduate background in biology and/or the quantitative sciences.

GDEC is one of four Program Areas based in the Department of International Health. For more details on International Health degrees and admission requirements, see: