The Master’s of Science in Global Infectious Disease is an in-person part-time or full-time course of study that provides a unique combination of training that brings together science, health, technology, modeling, social sciences, economics, and governance to support their careers. We encourage recent graduates as well as working professionals to apply— our students learn about the many ways to approach global infectious disease problems, such as through life science research, mathematical modeling of outbreaks, epidemiology of pandemics, and diplomacy to advance health outcomes. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds in the sciences, medicine, health, and policy. Most courses are scheduled during the evening hours to accommodate working professional schedules.
January 15, 2024
Priority Master’s of Science Application Deadline for
Priority Consideration for Merit Aid and Application Fee Waived
April 1, 2024
Final Master’s of Science Application Deadline
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or be in their final undergraduate year. All majors and backgrounds are welcome. Work, research, clinical and other relevant experiences are valued.
Master’s of Science students will apply directly to one of the two following concentrations, which each have additional pre-requisites:
- Modeling & Informatics: Students applying to the M&I concentration are required to have at least two semesters of math or advanced statistics, as well as some experience in computer programming.
- Science Policy: Students applying to the policy concentration need introductory economics and political science.
We strongly encourage students to apply to the program at the point at which they have already taken, or are in the process of taking, the pre-requisites. Applicants must take the pre-requisites prior to matriculation and pass them with a B or better in order to matriculate.
Completion of the Master of Science in Global Infectious Disease degree requires 30 credits of coursework over 18 months. Master’s students choose one of two concentrations: Modeling & Informatics or Science Policy.
The M&I concentration focuses on building knowledge and skills in epidemiology and applied data analytics. Modeling can be used to predict outbreaks and disease spread and to model the effects of different responses to disease outbreaks. The MS with a concentration in M&I has more of a focus on infectious disease science than other programs. This concentration emphasizes quantitative science behind infectious disease threats and how they might be assessed and addressed using data modeling and other quantitative methods. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to describe and analyze patterns of disease in human populations, and identify the determinants and public health impact of infectious disease. They will also understand mechanisms and interaction of factors involved in disease transmission and methods for disease prevention and control. Students will assess how study design elements impact the choice of statistical test, whether and how test assumptions are met, and how to interpret results of tests and models; and will also learn about the use of big data sources in either public health or clinical settings. The concentration strives to produce graduates who are smart consumers of modeling data and effective collaborators with professional modelers. Rather than setting up students for modeling jobs per se, this concentration affords graduates a better understanding of how to interpret and make use of findings from infectious disease models, which is becoming an important function for many governmental and private organizations involved in infectious disease preparedness and response.
Combating infectious diseases requires a multi-prong approach that includes implementation of effective policies. The policy concentration emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills to understand, identify, and develop policies and related tools to deal with the infectious disease threat. Coursework will develop skills for policy analysis through a variety of methods and topics, such as review of domestic and international decision-making bodies, political theory, critical tools for analyses, case studies of policy-level interventions, and related areas like diplomacy, economics, and financing. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to utilize key methodologies for policy analysis, develop policy options, and assess evidence for utility in supporting policy decisions. They will also recognize and address ethical issues in all areas of global infectious disease, including conduct of research, population interventions, and policy decisions. This concentration will support graduates’ advancement to jobs that require, or would benefit from, employees who are literate in the role of policy in infectious disease preparedness and response, and who can analyze and develop valuable policy approaches.
Full-Time Modeling & Informatics Curriculum
Part-Time Modeling & Informatics Curriculum
Full-Time Science Policy Curriculum
Part-Time Science Policy Curriculum
The combined BA/MS or BS/MS in Global Infectious Disease (GLID) is a 30-credit program that allows current Georgetown University juniors to apply in the spring semester in order to begin taking graduate classes during their senior year, and complete the Global infectious Disease Master’s in just two graduate semesters.
Students can double count up to two courses for both degrees, and transfer up to two courses to their M.S. transcript, reducing both time to completion and the cost of the degree.
Inquire with the GLID program coordinator, Zoe Lewczak, to discuss whether the accelerated program is right for you.
See more information on our flyer.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Support
The cost of attendance for MS students is based on a per-credit tuition rate, and is thus dependent on the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled in each semester. Please see the Graduate Programs Cost of Attendance Pages under the “Arts & Sciences” tab for detailed tuition and fees information. All qualifying applicants are considered for Merit-Based Aid by the admissions committee; no additional materials are required. Graduate students may work up to 20 hours per week. On-campus opportunities can be found in the Student Employment Office database (available for matriculated students only).
Fees include a Graduate Student Activity fee and, if registered for eight or more credit hours, a Georgetown University student health insurance charge.
The Graduate School’s Financial Resources page has helpful resources about merit aid, financial aid, and external awards, and we encourage applicants to review these. Students applying for scholarships external to Georgetown should ideally speak with us a year in advance of admittance to ensure alignment with the deadlines for many external scholarships. Unlike undergraduate admissions, where most applicants apply for admission first and then apply for aid, applications for national scholarships often have their deadlines at the same time or prior to admissions dates.
The Global Infectious Disease curriculum is ideal for intellectually curious individuals dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches to global infectious disease problems. It offers both fundamental and advanced teaching on topics that include microbiology, epidemiology, data science, and domestic and global policy and governance. It can prepare you to join a growing workforce and find employment in federal, state or local health departments, emergency management departments, pharmaceutical companies, advocacy organizations, or global health implementers. Some students may wish to pursue an internship during their course of study. Georgetown faculty can help connect students with contacts at organizations such as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Talus Analytics, New York City Health and Hospitals Special Pathogens Unit, USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats program, and the National Academies of Science.
Georgetown University offers its students an array of options related to infectious disease, health security, and global health career paths. Learn more about many of Georgetown’s global health-related degree programs on the Global Health Initiative web page.