Master of Science | Doctor of Philosphy.

The Global Infectious Disease program at Georgetown University offers a unique interdisciplinary approach, while training students to analyze, articulate, and solve complex infectious disease problems.

The Masters of Science and Ph.D. programs in Global Infectious Disease (GLID) are designed to teach intellectually curious students a range of skill sets that can be applied to preventing, preparing for, or responding to infectious disease challenges. We address infectious disease from multiple angles, with a focus on basic science, quantitative study, and policy and governance analysis. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds at various stages of their careers.

Which Program is Right for You?

Georgetown’s Global Infectious Disease Masters program supports professional growth toward infectious disease careers, producing graduates who are astute consumers of infectious disease research and data. We focus on creative problem solving, practical competencies, and building careers. Master’s students pursue 30 rigorous credits covering fundamental infectious disease science, data analysis, and policy. Students have the ability to choose one of two concentrations: 1) Modeling & Informatics or 2) Science Policy.

We curate an experience to provide the best path for students wishing to pursue careers in research. Our emphasis is on the intersection among biological sciences, data, and policy will allow graduates to enter academia, government, and other sectors where they can use their advanced research skillsets and interdisciplinary knowledge to address real-world challenges in infectious disease. This program will prepare successful students to join a growing workforce and find employment in a variety of areas depending on their speciality.

Our Students Learn to:

  • Describe and analyze patterns of infectious disease in human populations.
  • Identify, read and comprehend relevant scientific discourse, particularly the peer reviewed literature.
  • Effectively communicate to both scientific and policy communities in both written and oral form around issues related to global infectious diseases.
  • Utilize key methodologies for policy analysis, development of policy options, and assess evidence for utility in supporting policy decisions regarding infectious diseases.
  • Critically read quantitative literature and identify assumptions and bias; translate infectious disease problems into mathematical statements which can be analyzed, validated and interpreted; and translate quantitative research findings into policy implications.
  • Recognize and address ethical issues in all areas of global infectious diseases.

Application Deadlines

December 1, 2023 – PhD Deadline

Final deadline for the PhD in Global Infectious Disease.

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April 1, 2023 – Master’s Regular Deadline

Final deadline for the Master’s of Science in Global Infectious Disease. The admissions committee will review applications twice, once in January and once in April.

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