Graduate Minor in Infectious Disease

About the Graduate Minor

Graduate minors are open to all Drexel graduate students in all schools and colleges. The graduate minors are designed to complement student’s training by providing basic knowledge in topics outside their primary discipline.

The graduate minor in Infectious Disease trains students in the substantive and methodological approaches to infectious disease control in many settings. Students can choose one of two tracks: Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (IDPC) or Infectious Disease Epidemiology (IDE). The IDPC track emphasizes infectious disease control practice with a special emphasis on prevention and control in health care settings. The IDE track will focus on non-healthcare settings and will include coursework and practice in infectious disease epidemiology methods and modeling. Through required and elective courses and a required practice project, both tracks will provide graduate students with skills and substantive knowledge related to infectious diseases of public health as well as opportunities to apply these skills. The program is intended to prepare students to work in health care settings, public health agencies, the pharmaceutical sector, and other organizations engaged in work related to infectious diseases. The minor allows students to pursue relevant courses in epidemiology, health communication, management and leadership, and patient safety, providing a bridge to the student’s discipline-specific major and opportunities to acquire skills needed in the workplace.

Students in this minor will be expected to complete a no-credit practice project through a research project or applied experience in infectious disease. Students should speak with the Program Directors for more information.

Prerequisite Requirements

PBHL 512 and PBHL 513 or EPI 500 and EPI 501 are prerequisites for the required minor courses. Equivalent Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses can be substituted with Program Director approval on a case-by-case basis. A college-level biology and/or microbiology class is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Minor in Infectious Disease is open to current Drexel Graduate students.

Program Requirements

Required Courses *
EOH 654Microbes and Public Health Practice3.0
EPI 553Infectious Disease Epidemiology3.0
Required Track Course **3.0
Elective ***3.0
Required Practice Project
Prevention and Control Track
Required Course
Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment
Elective
Choose one of the following courses
Public Health Ethics
Public Health Ethics
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
Intermediate Epidemiology
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Public Health Surveillance
Public Health Leadership
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Change Management in Public Health
Healthcare Informatics
Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation
Epidemiology Track
Required Course
Public Health Surveillance
Elective
Choose one of the following courses
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Intermediate Epidemiology
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Total Credits12.0

Additional Information

For more information about this graduate minor, contact:

Kristi LeBlanc, MSEd
Academic Program Coordinator
kk842@drexel.edu
267.359.6181

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