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Advisory Committee

Dr. Joshua Santarpia and Dr. John Lowe (Co-Chairs and Co-Program Directors)

MS Curriculum

Students enrolled in this sub-plan will engage in and learn processes and methodologies affiliated with the fundamental elements and scientific principles needed to develop successfully in the emerging global security areas related to defense against infectious disease. Two tracks are available to students: one focused on biosurveillance and biodefense science related to national security and another focused on basic and clinical science related to global health. Either track will consist of a mix of technical courses designed to develop a deep technical understanding of the student’s focus area, and practical or policy courses designed to guide the student to successful application. Many basic scientists do not receive formal training in methods for understanding global public health or national security applications of their work, but it is critical that biodefense and health security students have training grounded in the principles to conduct research aimed at protecting civilian and military populations, and an appreciation for the unique research applications in this area

Coursework

The coursework requirements for the MSIA - Biological Defense and Health Security MS program are listed below:

Statistics Requirement
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS3
Other Requirements
BDHS 802RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE AND HEALTH SECURITY 3
MSIA 970SEMINAR (to be taken for two semesters)2
MSIA 899MASTERS THESIS1-9
Completion of a thesis project
Comprehensive Exam
Final Oral Exam
Biosurveillance & Biodefense Track Core
BDHS 801AEROBIOLOGY: THEORY AND PRACTICE3
PAMM 890MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF VIRUSES3
or
PAMM 898BACTERIAL GENETICS3
Global Health Security Track Core
EPI 805HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE IN PUBLIC HEALTH3