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Molecular Epidemiology Track

The Molecular Epidemiology track is designed for students who wish to undertake research that combines molecular, genetic and epidemiologic techniques and to apply these technologies to the understanding of human health problems. The recent, striking advances made in genomics have added a new dimension to the understanding of risk factors for illness and disease transmission/acquisition. Students in this track are provided with a solid knowledge base in epidemiology and biostatistics, while also gaining the laboratory and informatics skills needed to incorporate genomic data into their research.

The molecular epidemiology track has been designed to allow students the ability to maintain as much flexibility in the program as possible, while still retaining the essential core courses in epidemiology. Students in the molecular epidemiology track are encouraged to use their elective time (8 or more credit hours) to develop a research focus in a specific area.

The courses that constitute the program’s core consist of a mix of laboratory-based and classroom-based courses, and include molecular and genetic epidemiology. The elective courses include courses in epidemiology that lay a foundation of basic knowledge as well as identify the state of science in that area.

Students who complete this course of study are prepared for cutting-edge positions in research, government agencies and private sector biomedical/ epidemiologic enterprises.

Please feel free to contact the Director of this track if you have questions:

Shannon Takala Harrison, PhD

Leader, Molecular Epidemiology Track

Associate Professor of Medicine

Head, Genomic Epidemiology Unit

Malaria Research Program

Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health

(410) 706-6889