Here you can:
Harness your passion for improving public health.
At DEOHS, you can:
Investigate new methods for detecting COVID-19 to pinpoint disease outbreaks (the PhD dissertation of Sarah Philo, pictured above).
Test new, safer methods to diagnose tuberculosis and contribute to ending the global TB epidemic.
Why study Infectious Diseases?
Infectious disease scientists combine skills in clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology and virology to study how diseases such as tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, polio, COVID-19 and other communicable diseases develop and spread, how the environment influences their transmission and new solutions to prevent, detect and control disease transmission.
As a student in Infectious Diseases, you will:
- Choose to earn your MS, MS Applied or PhD degree.
- Take common core courses introducing foundational concepts and skills, including: risk assessment, management and communication; assessment and management of exposures to environmental hazards; core principles of toxicology; and how to use a One Health approach to address complex challenges.
- Learn how infectious microorganisms are transmitted to humans through air, food and water and how climate change is impacting that transmission, and gain skills in detecting and controlling microbial hazards.
- Complete a culminating experience (thesis, project or dissertation) showcasing your ability to integrate the skills you have learned to address an environmental or occupational health problem.
I chose this department because of the high caliber and range of research that the faculty is doing. Since coming to UW, I’ve gained extensive and valuable laboratory experience with different methods and microbes.
MS, Environmental Health
Infectious Diseases: Student research projects
Joanna Ciol Harrison
MS (Thesis) | Environmental Health (EH)
2018 | John Meschke
Lauren Anne Frisbie
MPH | Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH)
2018 | Peter Rabinowitz
Our faculty and research
For students interested in interdisciplinary research and scholarship, you have to kind of carve your own way, taking things from a lot of different disciplines and fields.
Dr. Karen Levy,
DEOHS Associate Professor
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Our Infectious Diseases graduates work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and in academia at the local, national and international levels. Recent DEOHS graduates work as:
- An Epidemiologist with Washington State Department of Health.
- A Public Affairs Specialist at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- An Environmental Health Associate at Ramboll Environ, a global consulting firm.