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Advisory Committee

Co-Chairs: Dr. Joshua Santarpia and Dr. John Lowe

PhD 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 PhD program are listed below:

Coursework
Statistics Core
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
Electives (minimum 3 courses)
BDHS 802RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE AND HEALTH SECURITY 3
PAMM 890MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF VIRUSES3
PAMM 898BACTERIAL GENETICS3
Other Requirements
MSIA 970SEMINAR (to be taken for four semesters)4
MSIA 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-9
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/Ethics Training
NOTE: All students must complete the majority of their coursework (all didactic/graded courses but one) from their approved program of study before they can take the comprehensive exam
Global Health Security Track
EPI 805HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
Biosurveillance & Biodefense Track
BDHS 801AEROBIOLOGY: THEORY AND PRACTICE3