Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases make up a substantial burden of diseases globally, and their control remains critical to protecting the health and development of all populations. Even in an era where non-communicable diseases are increasingly causing morbidity and mortality, we still face numerous infectious disease threats. In addition to established problems, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrheal illnesses, emerging infections like SARS-CoV-2 variants, pandemic H1N1 influenza A, and multi-drug resistant organisms, present ongoing threats to all health systems. Defining the causes, patterns, and options for the control, prevention, or treatment of infectious diseases is key to a comprehensive public health policy for all countries. The infectious disease concentration is designed to prepare students to assume appropriate, responsible, and challenging positions to address these significant global infectious disease problems. Students will acquire the necessary skills to provide leadership, research, and service and to work as members of teams committed to the prevention and control of infectious diseases throughout the world.

In addition to Rollins core and departmental requirements found HERE, the core requirements for the Infectious Disease concentration include two required courses (GH 511 International Infectious Disease; GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance) that together total five credits (please see table below). To gain necessary skills in the areas of epidemiology/research, program management, or health promotion, students should take additional elective courses in these areas. Students in the infectious disease concentration have the potential to develop their thesis project, such as a special studies project or research project with adjunct faculty at the CDC, The Carter Center, CARE, or in other departments at Emory.


Two courses required

GH 511 International Infectious Diseases (Spring) 2
GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance (Fall) 3

2022 - ID Curriculum Plan

Infectious Disease Faculty

Read about faculty who teach infectious disease courses or conduct research in this concentration area by clicking on the names below.


Upon completion of the MPH in global health with a concentration in infectious disease, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply principles of infectious disease epidemiology, laboratory detection or clinical characteristics to identify specific infectious pathogens ;or diseases
  • Interpret the geographic or demographic distributions and morbidities or mortality of major infections in the US and globally
  • Discuss strategies to prevent and control infectious diseases
  • Explain the environmental, behavioral or social factors that contribute to the emergence, re-emergence, or persistence of infectious diseases
  • Explore approaches for developing and maintaining surveillance for infectious diseases

Connect with ID concentration leaders

Juan Leon MPH, PhD
Phone: (404) 727 7443

Sophia Hussen MD 
Phone: (404) 727 2446