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The Master of Science in Infectious Disease (INFD) program provides training in various aspects of research, including basic, translational and clinical research, in the field of infectious disease. In particular, the program focuses on research and development relevant to new diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to prevent and/or treat infectious diseases such HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, influenza, malaria and many other viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens. Special attention will be given to the study of therapeutic and vaccine target identification, drug and vaccine discovery and development, resistance mechanisms and immune escape mechanisms during the course of treatment.

The Master of Science in Infectious Disease program is designed to provide academic and practical knowledge in translational research in the areas of immunological and inflammatory diseases.

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Is the Infectious Disease Program Right for Me?

The program is ideally suited for enhancing the scientific credentials of the following groups:

  • New college graduates
  • College undergraduates
  • Premedical students
  • Industrial employees
  • High school biology teachers

Flexible Learning

Online Master of Science in Immunology courses are now available.

Enrollment is now open for online MS in Infectious Disease courses. Selected first-year courses are now available online. They offer the same quality and accredited curricula as an on-campus course, but with a flexible schedule.

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The infectious disease program is designed to be convenient and flexible to accommodate students. It features:

  • Late afternoon/early evening classes (4 – 7:30 p.m.) to minimize the impact on other commitments.
  • Dual campus teaching (Drexel University College of Medicine Queen Lane Campus in East Falls; Drexel University College of Medicine New College Building in Center City Philadelphia) with videoconference transmission to both venues.
  • Flexible degree design. Successful completion of the degree can be accomplished in 18 months on a full-time basis, or up to four years on a part-time basis.

Foreign Applicants

Foreign applicants who enter the English Language Center (ELC) of Drexel University, who have obtained a baccalaureate degree in the biological or life sciences, may apply for provisional admission to the Master of Science in Infectious Disease Program offered by Drexel University College of Medicine. The faculty of the infectious disease program is working closely with the faculty of the ELC to incorporate programmatically relevant content into the English language instruction program, with the goal of providing essential academic and language skills for optimal preparation for the infectious disease program. Successful acceptance into the infectious disease program following provisional admission will be dependent upon fulfilling the academic requirements as defined by ELC.

How to apply to the Infectious Disease program

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