Master of Science Degree in
Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Infectious Disease Concentration

The Adult and Pediatric Divisions of Infectious Diseases coordinate an interdisciplinary program in Infectious Diseases for students. The requirements for the Infectious Diseases Track are identical to those of the Master Program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research except students:

  1. are not required to take HRP 251: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (encouraged, yet not required)
  2. are required to participate in two quarters of an ID seminar (registered as HRP 236 and alternating attendance between the two courses each quarter - student responsibility to confirm ID seminar attendance with HRP 236 instructor by end of quarter to receive credit.  8 of 10 weeks attendance required for each quarter - minimum 4 each in ID seminar and HRP 236 seminar.)
  3. are required to take HRP 231: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases; and
  4. are required to take 6 credits from the list of Infectious Disease electives/selectives


Infectious Disease Electives/Selectives:

HRP 237: Practical Approaches to Global Health Research
How do you come up with an idea for health research overseas? How do you develop a research question, concept note, and get your project funded? How do you manage personnel in the field, difficult cultural situations, or unexpected problems? How do you create a sampling strategy, select a study design, and ensure ethical conduct with human subjects? This course takes students through the process of health research in under-resourced countries from the development of the initial research question and literature review to securing support and detailed planning for field work. Students progressively develop and receive weekly feedback on a concept note to support a funding proposal addressing a research question of their choosing. Aims at graduate students; undergraduates in their junior or senior year may enroll with instructor consent. This course is restricted to undergraduates unless they have completed 85 units or more.

HRP 247: Epidemic Intelligence (HUMBIO 57)
We will cover: the components of public health systems in the US; principles of outbreak investigation and disease surveillance; different types of study design for field investigation; visualization and interpretation of public health data, including identification and prevention of biases; and implementation of disease control by public health authorities. Students will meet with leaders of health departments of the state and the county and will be responsible for devising and conducting their own investigation of a health problem. HUMBIO students must enroll in HUMBIO 57. HRP students must enroll in HRP 247.

ANTHRO 277: Environmental Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases (ANTHRO 177, HUMBIO 114)
The changing epidemiological environment. How human-induced environmental changes, such as global warming, deforestation and land-use conversion, urbanization, international commerce, and human migration, are altering the ecology of infectious disease transmission, and promoting their re-emergence as a global public health threat. Case studies of malaria, cholera, hantavirus, plague, and HIV.

GENE 208: Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease (BIOE 221G, MI 221)
Preference to graduate students. Focus is on the human gut microbiota. Students enrolling for 3 units receive instruction on computational approaches to analyze microbiome data and must complete a related project.

MS&E 292: Health Policy Modeling
Primarily for master's students; also open to undergraduates and doctoral students. The application of mathematical, statistical, economic, and systems models to problems in health policy. Areas include: disease screening, prevention, and treatment; assessment of new technologies; bioterrorism response; and drug control policies.

ANTHRO 283: Ecology, Evolution, and Human Health (offered various years)
Human ecology, human environments, adaptation and plasticity, and their relationship to health and well-being. Comparative context. Topics include human population history, subsistence ecology, demography, reproductive decision making, migration, infectious disease, risk management, and social inequalities. Particular attention will be paid to small-scale subsistence populations. Small-scale societies demonstrate an enormous range of variation in both environmental challenges faced and adaptations thereto. The process of human adaptation cannot be understood in the absence of a grounding in this range of challenge and adaptation.

BIOS 257: HIV: The Virus, the Disease, the Research
Mini-Course. Medical students, graduate students in biological sciences, undergraduate students with strong biological background. Topics: Immunopathogenesis, immune deficits, opportunistic infections including TB, and malignancies; Genomics viral genetic analyses that have traced the origin of HIV-1 and HIV-2 to primates, dated the spread of infection in humans, and characterized theevolution of virus within infected individuals; Antiretroviral drug development identification of drug targets, structure-based drug design, overcoming drug resistance; Challenges of vaccine development; Public health strategies.

CEE 274P: Environmental Health Microbiology Lab (offered various years)
Microbiology skills including culture-, microscope-, and molecular-based detection techniques. Focus is on standard and EPA-approved methods to enumerate and isolate organisms used to assess risk of enteric illnesses, such as coliforms, enterococci, and coliphage, in drinking and recreational waters including lakes, streams, and coastal waters. Student project to assess the microbial water quality of a natural water. Limited enrollment; priority to CEE graduate students. An application form must be filed and approved before admission to the class.

MED 236: Economics of Infectious Disease and Global Health (HUMBIO 124E) (not given 2017-18)
Introduction to global health topics such as childhood health, hygiene, drug resistance, and pharmaceutical industries from an economic development perspective. Introduces economic concepts including decision-making over time, externalities, and incentives as they relate to health. Prerequisite: Human Biology Core or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

MI 225: Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (offered various years)
Explores four families of human viruses (falviviruses, filoviruses, bunyaviruses, arenaviruses) that share certain clinical and pathological features. These families used to illustrate more general features of human virology ranging from molecular virology, viral replication cycles, transmission, clinical presentation, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, public health responses, public policy, economics. After general introduction, each family will be presented, followed by sessions focused on comparisons and integration. Specific case studies focus on current events. Student assignments include problem sets, model-building, blogging, and comprehensive examinations. In-class sessions will include interactive lectures, guest speakers, students presentations, discussions.

*Additional Infectious Disease electives may be approved by student's advisor.