Infectious Diseases and Microbiology:

  • Finds answers to the most critical questions related to preventing, controlling, and eradicating diseases across the country and around the world
  • Seeks to understand the mechanisms of pathogenesis of microbial infections at the cellular and molecular levels as they relate directly to developing methods for disease prevention and treatment
  • Focuses on population-based education and prevention for control of infectious diseases

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers are...

  • Projected to experience faster than average employment growth (28%) over the period 2021–31
  • Projected to see 136,200 job openings over the period 2021-31

Post-secondary health specialties teachers are...

  • Projected to experience average employment growth (12%) over the period 2021-31
  • Projected to see 159,400 job openings over the period 2021-31

Microbiologists are...

  • Projected to experience average employment growth (9%) over the period 2021-31
  • Projected to see 1,900 job openings over the period 2021-31
Degree Programs
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Master of Public Health with Concentrations
  • MPH with a concentration in Infectious Disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory Practice (PEL)
  • MPH with a concentration in Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice (MIC)
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Master of Science

The Master of Science in IDM provides students with a unique basic science education.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD program in IDM prepares students for competitive research and teaching careers in academia, government agencies, and private industry.

Our Research

Why IDM Research is Important
  • Through cutting-edge, translational research, develops new standards of care for the treatment of infectious diseases
  • Through involvement in large-scale clinical trials, discovers novel ways to prevent the transmission and spread of infectious diseases
  • Studies infectious disease outbreaks to determine how best to protect the public
Benefits from IDM Research and Interventions
  • Discovering that a single measurement of the amount of HIV in a patient’s blood could predict the subsequent risk of developing AIDS, years before symptoms of the disease emerged
  • Identifying the virus that causes dengue hemorrhagic fever
  • Discovering the California encephalitis virus, a member of the California serogroup viruses that are a common cause of arboviral encephalitis in the United States
  • Discovering the adeno-associated virus, which is important for use as a viral vector for gene therapy
  • Through large-scale clinical trials like the Pitt Men’s Study, making major findings related to the natural history of HIV infection that have been critical for the development of effective treatment and prevention strategies
  • Developing a test to measure the level of Epstein-Barr virus in blood, which has been used extensively to control and prevent post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disease
  • Providing conclusive evidence that semen from HIV-infected men carries large amounts of virus and that antiretroviral treatment dramatically reduces viral load in semen, thereby lowering the risk of HIV transmission