Master of Science in the Field of Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Program Co-Directors A. Castel, J. Jordan
The mission of the master of science (M.S.) in the field of public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases degree program is to provide training to a new generation of public health professionals to expand knowledge and expertise in the areas of disease mechanisms, with an emphasis on microbial pathogens, the use and application of modern biotechnologies, and in epidemiologic skills relevant to the prevention and control of problems in the community arising from infectious diseases.
Graduates of the M.S. program will have an in-depth understanding of the major laboratory, clinical, and public health aspects of humankind’s microbial pathogens, and acquire epidemiologic skills relevant to the prevention and control of problems arising from infectious diseases and modern biotechnologies. Areas of emphasis will include: the design and analysis of epidemiologic data; emerging infections; tropical diseases; and applications of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics. M.S. graduates will be employed in academic and industrial research laboratories, international health agencies, NGOs, and private consulting groups. In addition, they may work in federal, state, and local public health agencies or state and local public health laboratories where their technical expertise and population-based perspective will be extremely useful. Students earning this degree will help meet a national demand that has reached critical proportions for a trained workforce in biodefense and emerging infections, and an international demand for training in diseases that affect the developing countries.
The goals of the M.S. program in the field of public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases are to ensure that graduates:
- Understand the biological complexities of microbial pathogens and the diseases they cause;
- Recognize the major epidemiologic and clinical features of microbial disease;
- Understand how new biotechnologies (including genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics) can be applied to the study and control of microbial pathogens;
- Develop an in-depth understanding of epidemiologic principles and practices;
- Apply the principles of epidemiology, microbiology, and public health practice toward the detection, surveillance, investigation, and control of microbial diseases.
- Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences or at least 12 credits in the biological sciences other than botany
- Chemistry ≥ 3 credits
- 1 semester of calculus
Most students will be able to complete the 45 credit degree in approximately two to three years, depending on the course load taken each semester.
|Foundation courses (10 credits)|
|PUBH 6002||Biostatistical Applic for PubH|
|PUBH 6003||Prin & Practice/Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6004||Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World|
|PUBH 6275||Essential PH Lab Skills|
|Required program specific courses (22 credits)|
|PUBH 6245||InfectiousDisease Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6247||Design of Health Studies|
|PUBH 6259||Epid Surveillance/PublicHealth|
|PUBH 6262||Intro-Geog Information Systems|
|PUBH 6276||Health Microbiology|
|PUBH 6277||Public Health Genomics|
|PUBH 6278||Public Health Virology|
|MICR 8210||Infection and Immunity|
|Program-specific elective courses|
|9 credits from the following:|
|PUBH 6127||Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology|
|PUBH 6132||Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programs|
|PUBH 6239||Epidemiology of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases|
|PUBH 6242||ClinicalEpid&Decision Analysis|
|PUBH 6250||Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS|
|PUBH 6252||Advanced Epidemiology Methods|
|PUBH 6253||Issues in HIV Care & Treatment|
|PUBH 6261||Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar|
|PUBH 6263||Advanced GIS|
|PUBH 6270||HIV/AIDS Surveillance|
|PUBH 6271||Disaster Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6299||Topics in Epi/Bio|
|PUBH 6358||Vaccine Policy|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy (i.e.- Homeland Security and Public Health)|
|PUBH 6484||Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases|
|PUBH 6487||Emerging Zoonotic Diseases & Global Food Production|
|MICR 6292||Tropical Infectious Diseases|
|Field/laboratory experience and final project (4 credits)|
|PUBH 6016||Field/Laboratory Experience|
|PUBH 6280||MEID Final Project|
- Graduate Credit Requirement: 45 graduate credits required.
- Course Requirements: Successful completion of the required courses.
- Grade Point Requirements: An overall GPA of 3.0 (B average).
- Time Limit Requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
- Transfer Credit Policy: Up to 12 credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may qualify to be transferred to the MS program. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Students will also be expected to participate in a poster presentation at GW Research Day.