Academics and Degree Programs
The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) is committed to providing outstanding training toward understanding infectious disease processes at all levels, from the population through organismal, tissue, cellular and molecular aspects of public health biology. Our programs seeks to equip carefully selected graduate and postgraduate students with the diverse disciplinary concepts and methodological tools needed to address critical biological issues underlying a broad range of infectious and immunologic diseases of public health importance.
Providing excellence and depth in research training and mentoring, the Department currently engages in innovating its graduate curricula through its new R3 Graduate Science Initiative, a new approach to
- Teaching critical thinking and clear communication skills;
- Furthering broad interests in science and its history,
- And helping students become advocates for good scientific practice according to the 3R's:
Rigor, Responsibility and Reproducibility.
MMI has departmental graduate programs leading to two research-based degrees—the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (ScM). The PhD Program is designed to promote the development of promising students into independent investigators who can apply biological insights to the investigation and elucidation of important public health problems and solutions.
It is the goal of the ScM Program to produce biological scientists fully prepared to pursue advanced academic degrees or careers in biological science as applied to infectious disease public health practice.
Our Department also offers a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree that typically does not include original research. The MHS Program is designed for students who wish to gain a greater depth of knowledge in public health infectious disease biology but do not wish to commit to a long-term research-training program.
MMI's masters' programs are designed for students seeking to improve their applications to medical or other professional schools and for students considering career options in the field of infectious diseases, including research positions in academia, government or industry.
In cooperation with the schoolwide MPH Program, the Department also seeks to train future leaders of the worldwide public health community in the biological principles that must be considered in developing an integrated approach to solving public health problems.
Most MMI investigators also conduct nondegree postdoctoral training.