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PhD in Public Health with a Concentration in Global Communicable Disease

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is offered through the Global Communicable Disease track. Graduates of the doctoral program will be qualified to conduct fundamental and applied research in the identification, evaluation and prevention of tropical and communicable diseases. The program offers a distinguished teaching and research program that provides a sound basis for doctoral study. The Global Communicable Disease PhD program encompasses a wide variety of research interests. Some of the major areas that our faculty’s research programs focus upon (and research areas available for a PhD candidate’s research and training) include Genomics, Molecular Parasitology and Infectious Disease Ecology.


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  • Career Opportunities

    The GCD PhD program is very diverse.  Depending upon the particular area of a student’s research, our former students have followed several different career pathways. Many of our PhD students have followed a traditional pathway to a postdoctoral research position or fellowship following graduation. Students have gone on to postdoctoral study at institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Case Western Reserve University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Others have gone on to positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Departments of Health in Florida and Oregon, or into the biotechnology industry.
  • Concentration Faculty

    * IDE = Infectious Disease Ecology; GEN = Genomics; MP = Molecular Parasitology

  • Contact Information

    To learn more about the PhD in Global Communicable Disease, please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or preadmissions@usf.edu