The Master’s Program in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS IDGH) is a rigorous one-year graduate program focused on the emergence, establishment and spread of infectious agents across the globe. The future will likely witness more frequent emergent diseases with increased virulence than in the past. Many human, biological, environmental and climatic factors contribute to this phenomenon, including the exponential growth in human and domestic animal populations along with shrinking wildlife habitats. Infectious diseases will be, therefore, an increasing scientific and global public health concern with significant economic consequences. Expertise and innovative strategies are needed; the potential for impact is global. An advanced degree in Infectious Disease and Global Health is timely and relevant.
Students in the MS IDGH program will gain a comprehensive perspective on the most common and serious
infectious agents and the diseases they inflict on human and animal populations in the United States and worldwide. Students will examine the natural history of infectious agents and the diseases they cause, as well as aspects of detection, pathogenesis, transmission, prevention, control, treatment, ecology, immunology, vaccinology, and animal models. Students will also be exposed to many related regulatory and management issues throughout the program.
With an estimated 6 out of 10 emerging human infectious diseases originating in animals, MS IDGH’s home at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is both strategic and logical. The course instructors are experienced teachers and leading investigators of human and zoonotic diseases who bring considerable first-hand experience to their classes. This unique program provides both theoretical and practical training in laboratory techniques used in immunology, diagnostics, immunotherapeutics, molecular biology, and microbiology. Additionally, a unique animal model course provides experience studying infections in vivo.
The program is designed to advance students to meaningful careers in the biopharma industry, government agencies, academia and non-profit organizations in a variety of areas, including basic and applied laboratory and field investigations, clinical research, disease diagnosis, biodefense, biocontainment, and biosafety.
The graduates will also enhance their credentials for admission to doctoral level programs such as MD, DVM, and PhD.