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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

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The mission of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology is to conduct research, teaching, and service that will enhance the control of infectious diseases in the human population. Our goals to accomplish this mission include:

  • Research programs that focus on understanding the mechanisms of pathogenesis of microbial infections at the cellular and molecular level as they relate directly to developing methods for disease prevention and treatment.
  • Integrated teaching programs that are devoted to the education and training of graduate students in various molecular, immunologic and biologic aspects of microbial pathogenesis, as well as disease control and prevention.
  • Programs that focus on population-based education and prevention for control of infectious diseases.

We have a commitment to high quality graduate education that is consistent with our leading cutting-edge research and behavioral health and community education programs. The degree programs draw upon the disciplines of molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, medicine, health education, and community intervention to provide our students with opportunities to participate in cross-disciplinary research into multiple aspects of infectious diseases. As a graduate of our program you will be prepared for careers in academia, industry, government, and community service sectors. Our graduates have obtained professional positions with prestigious employers in the USA and worldwide. Examples include the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health departments, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and major universities and other academic institutions.

The Department offers Master of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Science (MS) degree programs. Students in the MPH program can pursue one of two concentrations: Infectious Disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory Practice (PEL) or Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice (MIC).

Contact Information

Dr. Jeremy Martinson
2134 Parran Hall

Abby Michael
2122 Parran Hall

For more information on admissions and registration contact the department at 412-624-3331 or


Admission to all of our graduate programs is for the fall semester only. Your application will be evaluated based on your undergraduate academic performance, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores, letters of recommendation, relevant research or professional experience and personal statement.

The application deadline for admissions for the fall of 2018 is January 15, 2018. The IDM Graduate Admissions Committee strongly recommends that you submit all materials by this deadline to ensure prompt review.

Application materials, as well as tips for submitting materials on time, are available on the IDM web site

Early admission into the MS or MPH program

Outstanding applicants who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Pittsburgh may apply for early admission, also known as 3+2 Accelerated Master’s Program . Additional admission requirements  must be met for this program.

Financial Assistance

Financial support (through stipends and tuition waivers) is available for full-time doctoral students. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to outstanding new MS and MPH students.




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