Career Outlook

Position yourself as a leader in your research and professional career with interdisciplinary training in global health and infectious disease. Graduates of Georgetown’s M.S. and Ph.D. in Global Infectious Disease have many career options across government and non-governmental sectors in specialities that include data modeling, science policy analysis, epidemiology, biomedical research, public health advocacy, and many other important areas.

Why is it important to study global infectious disease?

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The Global Infectious Disease graduate program training will provide a unique skill set that can be applied to both professional and academic settings. In the public sector, many parts of the federal government, as well as state, and local health departments, need professionals that have studied practical approaches to manage infectious disease prevention and response to disease outbreaks. In the private sector, government contractors, non-government actors, consulting firms and pharmaceutical companies would have openings that match well with the skills gained from the Global Infectious Disease program.

What kinds of jobs can you get with an infectious disease degree?

Graduates of the Global Infectious Disease Ph.D. program have gone on to excellent careers. Some have taken post-doc positions at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University, while others landed research positions at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and the Association of Physicians for the Underserved. Others have gone on to be an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Global Health, and a senior adviser at government consulting firm. Our Global Infectious Disease MS program is new, but we expect all of our master’s students to have similar opportunities in the federal, state, local, non-governmental, private sector, and academic job market.

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