Upon completion of the MPH degree, graduates from the Infectious Disease concentration will demonstrate proficiency in the following competencies:

  • Identify and describe local, regional, national, and global infectious disease problems
  • Describe infectious disease processes in populations and resulting disease impacts
  • Discuss descriptive, analytical and experimental studies focused on infectious disease agents and related risk factors
  • Describe the role of infectious disease public health specialists in recognizing, detecting, evaluating, and mitigating infectious disease and their impact on community and population health
  • Design public health interventions that integrate general microbiological and immunological knowledge and tools as well as cultural and social, and local and global economic factors at the human - animal - environment interface, to prevent, control and/or eliminate emergence, introduction and propagation of infectious diseases in communities and populations.

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Infectious Disease Concentration Courses

Students are required to take the following concentration courses:

Instructor: Andrea Bertke

Course Description: Principles of infectious diseases important for local, national, and global public health. Bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic pathogens; mechanisms of disease; host immune response to pathogens.

Instructor: Kaja Abbas

Course Description: Dynamics and determinants of infectious diseases and their assessment on the molecular to population continuum in a systems based approach. Infectious disease transmission mechanisms; population susceptibilities; environmental, social, cultural and economic contributors to infectious disease propagation; detection and surveillance; geographic information systems; epidemiologic study design; and infectious disease modeling.

Instructor: Bill Pierson

Course Description: Assessment, policies, and procedures for control and prevention of infectious diseases in communities and populations. Sources, transmission mode, and local community to international dissemination of infectious disease agents; antimicrobial and chemical resistance; vaccine development, safety, and coverage; community and hospital based needs and interventions; and regulatory frameworks.

Instructor: Andrea Bertke

Course Description: Promote an understanding of the concept of neglected diseases and their association with poverty and health inequalities, the critical factors for emergence/re-emergence of infectious diseases, and the challenges and implications for disease control, eradication, and response.