Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases make up a substantial burden of disease globally. Their control remains critical to protecting the health and development of all populations. Even in an era where non-communicable diseases are increasingly causing morbidity and mortality, we still face numerous infectious disease threats. In addition to established problems such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria respiratory infections, and diarrheal illnesses, emerging infections like pandemic H1N1 influenza A (2009), Ebola, MERS-CoV, Zika, and multi-drug resistant organisms present ongoing threats to all health systems. Defining the causes, patterns, and options for the control and prevention or treatment of infectious diseases is key to comprehensive public health policy for all countries.
During the past 60 years, significant advances have been made in reducing the threat of a number of infectious diseases. For example, smallpox has been eradicated and, with continued efforts, poliomyelitis and dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) are likely to be eradicated in the next several years. Emerging and reemerging infections, however, present new and exciting challenges. Additionally, the tools and techniques for infectious disease control are not always optimally utilized, and this presents an area of health promotion activity that needs to be constantly evaluated.
We have defined many of the problems and, in many instances, know what needs to be done for control and prevention. With the advent of new molecular and "big data" techniques, there are ever-evolving methods to prevent infectious diseases. However, there are still areas that need research to better define the problems, and to identify the best methods of control and prevention or the best strategies to implement what we already know.
The infectious disease concentration is designed to prepare students to assume appropriate, responsible, challenging positions to address these significant global infectious disease problems. Students will acquire the necessary skills to provide leadership, research, and service and to work as members of teams committed to the prevention and control of infectious diseases throughout the world.
In addition to the department requirements found HERE, this concentration requires the following courses below:

Two courses required  

GH 511 International Infectious Diseases (Spring) 2
GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance (Fall) 3

2019 - ID Curriculum Plan

 Infectious Disease Faculty 

Read about faculty who teach infectious disease courses or conduct research in this concentration area by clicking on the names below. 



Upon completion of the MPH in global health with a concentration in infectious disease, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply principles of infectious disease epidemiology, laboratory detection or clinical characteristics to identify specific infectious pathogens or diseases
  • Interpret the geographic or demographic distributions and morbidities or mortality of major infections in the US and globally
  • Discuss strategies to prevent and control infectious diseases
  • Explain the environmental, behavioral or social factors that contribute to the emergence, re-emergence, or persistence of infectious diseases
  • Explore approaches for developing and maintaining surveillance for infectious diseases


Connect with our concentration leaders 

Juan Leon MPH, PhD
Phone: (404) 727 7443

Christine Moe MS, PhD
Phone: (404) 727 4590