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Infectious Disease (INFD) Curriculum

This non-thesis program includes four semesters (two academic years) of required and elective graduate courses, as well as a comprehensive research internship to be completed during the course of the training program.

Elective courses available to students in the program provide knowledge and expertise in areas relevant to infectious disease research, such as emerging infectious diseases, vaccines and vaccine development, biotechniques and laboratory research, and principles of biocontainment.

THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROGRAM IS ALSO ONLINE

If you prefer an online learning experience, you can still earn a Drexel master’s degree in the field of infectious disease. The online Master of Science in Infectious Disease program features the same curriculum, flexibility, course content, and instructors as the traditional, face-to-face degree program.

Learn more about the online Master of Science in Infectious Disease program!

The successful completion of the degree will be determined by grades obtained in the graduate courses, participation in seminars and journal clubs, and performance in the research component. A minimum of 36.0 credits is required to graduate, with at least 6.0 of those earned as research credits.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Infectious Disease program will achieve six program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies, and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum

  • Develop broad core knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology and microbiology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of clinically relevant pathogens that cause infectious disease in humans including how these pathogens are transmitted, how they replicate, and the mechanisms by which they cause disease in humans.
  • Develop skills in analytical and critical thinking in the preparation of presentations and analysis of published literature.
  • Develop professional ethics necessary for the responsible conduct of research.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills and demonsrate the ability to interact and work effectively with others in work settings involving cultural and demographic diversity.
  • Develop other soft skills (e.g. collaboration, problem solving, career planning, networking) that facilitate career advancement and promotion.

Plans of Study

Most students enroll as full-time students and complete the program in two academic years (approximately 21 months). However, students who prefer a slower pace of learning or who must balance coursework with part-time or full-time employment can enroll on a part-time basis, taking up to four years to complete the degree program. Example plans of study for full-time and part-time students illustrate the two different options:

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Curriculum

Courses with an MIIM or IDPT designation are offered by Drexel University College of Medicine and are taught on a semester-based schedule (fall and spring). These courses are available in traditional (face-to-face), hybrid and/or online formats. Some of these traditional courses and hybrid courses are offered as evening classes at either the Center City Campus or the Queen Lane Campus.

For detailed course descriptions, visit the Drexel course catalog.

Required Courses

IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research or MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics

IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research - This two credit course is offered twice a year, one evening a week. It is presented using lecture, discussion and problem-based curriculum approaches, with associated required readings in texts. Some topics additionally require web-based exercises and quizzes. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty discuss current issues of scientific integrity that all scientists encounter in their research. Solutions to hypothetical and real research challenges and ethical dilemmas are discussed and debated by trainees and faculty. Course sessions and discussions are led by a team of faculty leaders, including department head, deans and provosts. Grades are based on quizzes, class participation, web-based exercises, a term paper and a PowerPoint presentation. - 2.0 Credits

MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics - Explores the key responsible conduct of research topics that are the foundation of scientific integrity. Through reading assignments, learning modules, simulations, cases studies, role-play, and a team project, students learn about, discuss, and debate the ethical dilemmas and challenges research scientists encounter. NOTE: This online course does not fulfill requirements for participation in NIH-sponsored research. Students interested in conducting NIH-sponsored research should instead enroll in IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research. 2.0 Credits

IDPT 501S Biostatistics I or MIIM 517S Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences

IDPT 501S Biostatistics I - Introduction to the theory of probability, frequency distribution, correlation's and regression analysis, probability, chi-square and analysis of variance, applications of statistics in the laboratory. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 517S Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences - An intensive introduction to statistical methods. Students learn to apply principles of statistical reasoning, underlying assumptions, and careful interpretation of results. In addition, students learn how to present statistical data within various contexts applicable to the field of biomedicine, such as laboratory research, scientific publications, bioethics, intellectual property, business decisions, entrepreneurship, and visual representation of data. Students will use statistical software to supplement learning and applications of statistics. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 527S Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases

MIIM 527S Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases - Explores basic knowledge of immunity from the organism to the cellular level, with a focus on how the immune system elicits protection against invasion by pathogenic organisms, and how these same responses may be damaging to the host. 3.0 Credits

MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I

MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I - The first of a three-part course series, which provides a foundation in essential topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics. Focuses on macromolecules (i.e., proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and membranes) and their microenvironment within the eukaryotic cell. It is recommended that students also enroll in MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I for practical application of concepts learned in the analysis and interpretation of original scientific research and data. 3.0 Credits

MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II

MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II - The second of a three-part course series, which provides a foundation in essential topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics. Focuses on processes that control eukaryotic cell growth and function, with emphasis on biochemical pathways and regulatory mechanisms, cell cycle, and cellular communication mechanisms. It is recommended that students also enroll in MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II for practical application of concepts learned in the analysis and interpretation of original scientific research and data. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 532S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III

MIIM 532S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III - The last of a three-part course series, which provides a foundation in essential topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics. Focuses on normal organismal development and cancer. Includes significant independent reading of primary scientific literature and writing based on such reading. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II

MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II - In depth discussion of published primary scientific literature. Develop skills to analyze, interpret and represent scientific data in various topics in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, with emphasis on mammalian cells. Discussion topics are aligned with topics discussed in MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II. 1.0 Credit

MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I

MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I - Introduction to the journal club format of in depth discussion of published primary scientific literature. Develop skills to analyze, interpret and represent scientific data in various topics in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, with emphasis on mammalian cells. Discussion topics are aligned with topics discussed in MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I. 1.0 Credit

MIIM 545S Introduction to Infectious Diseases

MIIM 545S Introduction to Infectious Diseases - This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to Medical Microbiology and infectious Diseases. The basis for the course will be the recorded video of the medical microbiology lectures delivered to the medical students, which will be accessed and viewed by the enrolled students during the weeks identified in the schedule. At the end of each week, a review and discussion period (3 hours) will be moderated by one or more faculty members familiar with the material covered by the lectures viewed during the week. 4.0 Credits

MIIM 606S Microbiology and Immunology Seminar

MIIM 606S Microbiology and Immunology Seminar - Faculty and students meet in an informal way to discuss selected subjects, hear guest lecturers or explore topics related to the biomedical sciences of interest to the group. 1.0 Credit

MIIM 653S Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease

MIIM 653S Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease - This course will serve as an advanced learning experience to correlate the basic aspects of infection with the clinical aspects of diagnosis and treatment. The course will introduce concepts that relate to understanding how the clinical aspects of infectious diseases can be translated into basic research. 3.0 Credits

 
Electives*

MIIM 521S Biotechniques I

MIIM 521S Biotechniques I - A review of the molecular, cellular and computational methods that underlie modern biotechnology, drug discovery and development. The focus is on experimental techniques used to manipulate nucleic acids and to research the interaction of proteins with nucleic acids. Strengths and limitations of the procedures are considered, and their suitability for either a basic or industrial research setting evaluated. Complements MIIM 522S Biotechniques II. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 522S Biotechniques II

MIIM 522S Biotechniques II - A review of current immunologically-based experimental techniques and how they are applied to many different areas of research. Provides basic information central to the concepts and techniques pertinent to the study of immunology, the analysis of immune responses, and development of vaccines. Complements MIIM 521S Biotechniques I. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 523S Molecular Virology

MIIM 523S Molecular Virology - This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular aspects of viral pathogenesis, using various host-virus interactions as models. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 524S Vaccines and Vaccine Development

MIIM 524S Vaccines and Vaccine Development - This course will provide information pertaining to the history of vaccines, the principles of vaccine design, the concepts of induction of the immune protection, and the choice of vaccine types. Emphasis will be given to current and future methods for vaccine design, and approved tests for safety and efficacy. The concepts of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines will be discussed. 3.0 Credits

MIIM 525S Principles of Biocontainment

MIIM 525S Principles of Biocontainment - Explore the conceptual and practical aspects of biosafety and biocontainment. Gain a greater appreciation for the risks posed by human pathogens. Learn about approaches and procedures used to minimize those risks and contain potentially harmful pathogens. Topics covered in the course include: the classification of biological hazards; collection and storage of biohazardous materials; the practicalities of working in biocontainment facilities, and design considerations for biocontainment in the laboratory and in the field. 1.0 Credit

MIIM 526S Animal Models in Biotechnology

MIIM 526S Animal Models in Biotechnology - The course will focus on the ethical and practical utilization of animal models in biomedical research, with emphasis given to their use in biomedical research. The course will discuss the history of animal research, the requirements for generating inbred animal lines, the development of transgenic models, and the utilization of disease-specific models. Emphasis will be given to experimental designs and the justification of animal models. 1.0 Credit

MLAS 529S Molecular Genetics

MLAS 529S Molecular Genetics - The focus of this course is to expose students to "cutting edge" molecular genetic concepts as they apply to laboratory animal science. The course provides a description of DNA structure, an overview of its replication and function in gene expression, an overview of the structure and function of nuclei & chromosomes, a sampling of tools used for genome analysis and a sampling of the basic techniques used in a molecular genetics laboratory. Various genome-sequencing projects are discussed along with the information they provide about the organization of a complex genome. 3.0 Credits

MIIM 540S Viruses and Viral Infections

MIIM 540S Viruses and Viral Infections - Introduces fundamental concepts in molecular virology through presentation and discussion of viruses that cause disease in humans. Students learn about important aspects of virus infection, including virus structure, replication, molecular pathogenesis, antiviral immune responses, the development of antiviral drug therapies, and the use of viruses in gene therapy. Students also learn to read and critically evaluate virology-related papers published in the primary literature. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 541S Bacteria and Bacterial Infections

MIIM 541S Bacteria and Bacterial Infections - Introduces fundamental concepts in bacteria and the infections they cause, including microorganism structure and replication, pathogenesis and treatment. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 542S Mycology and Fungal Infections

MIIM 542S Mycology and Fungal Infections - Introduces basic aspects of the biology of fungi and fungal infections, such as fungal cell structure, function, replication, pathogenesis, and their impact on humans. Antifungal agents; mode of action and molecular mechanism of resistance are also discussed. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 543S Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases

MIIM 543S Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases - Introduces basic aspects of the biology of parasites and parasitic infections, including microorganism structure, replication and pathogenesis, as well as public health and economic impact of parasitic infections. Antiparasitic drug and vaccine development are also discussed. Primary literature is also read and discussed. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 555S Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path

MIIM 555S Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path - An advanced graduate course involving presentation and in depth discussion of recent and historical literature on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis. Prerequisite: a previous bacterial pathogenesis or medical microbiology course. 3.0 Credits

MIIM 613S Emerging Infectious Diseases

MIIM 613S Emerging Infectious Diseases - In depth discussion of the emergence and spread of infectious agents, including species jumping, mutation and global transport. Learn about recently emerged pathogenic agents as well as possible future outbreaks or reemergence of viral, bacterial, parasitic and novel agents. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 615S Experimental Therapeutics

MIIM 615S Experimental Therapeutics - In-depth discussion of experimental and emerging therapies for human disease, with emphasis on infectious disease. Analysis of key developments and approaches in drug design representative of experimental therapeutics is presented, with inclusion of pharmacologic, regulatory and basic science perspectives. 2.0 Credits

MIIM 621S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I

MIIM 621S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I - Provides hands-on research experience in the broad field of molecular medicine. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Host laboratories will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. While emphasis will be placed on laboratories within Drexel University, research may also be completed in laboratories at other academic institutions or at sites outside of Drexel University involved in molecular medicine research. 2.0-3.0 Credits

MIIM 622S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II

MIIM 622S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II - Provides hands-on research experience in the broad field of molecular medicine. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Host laboratories will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. While emphasis will be placed on laboratories within Drexel University, research may also be completed in laboratories at other academic institutions or at sites outside of Drexel University involved in molecular medicine research. 2.0-3.0 Credits

MIIM 625S Advanced Molecular Virology

MIIM 625S Advanced Molecular Virology - Provides a comprehensive overview of the molecular aspects of viral pathogenesis and viral-host interactions, using various viral families and selected viruses as models. Builds upon basic concepts introduced in MIIM 512S Molecular Pathogenesis I or MIIM 540S Viruses and Viral Infections. 3.0 Credits

MIIM 652S Research Internship in Infectious Disease

MIIM 652S Research Internship in Infectious Disease - Provides laboratory-based or other forms of research experience in the field of infectious disease. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Internship hosts will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. Students will also gain experience with analyzing data that they help to generate or that they gather from the literature, as well as presenting that information in written and oral formats. Internships are primarily completed within laboratories at Drexel University. Requests for off-site internships and enrollment for less than 6 credits require course director approval. 4.0-6.0 Credits

*Elective course offerings are subject to schedule availability. Some elective courses may not be offered without sufficient enrollment.

Internship

An important component of the program is a research internship. Learn more about the research requirement for this program.

A graduate student in the Infectious Disease program at Drexel University College of Medicine working in the laboratory.