We offer superb graduate training with a focus on cutting edge techniques and both basic and translation science. Our research encompasses aspects of infectious diseases including immunology, vaccinology, and host pathogen interactions.

Degree Type: Doctoral

Degree Program Code: PHD_IDIS

Degree Program Summary:

The mission of the Department of Infectious Diseases is: To educate graduate and professional students as to the causes of and prevention of bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic diseases, and methods of identifying and protecting humans and animals; To train graduate and professional students in advanced technologies in order to protect the human population from emerging diseases; To develop new technologies at both the graduate level and professional levels and affect the transfer of these technologies so as to assure the safety and welfare of our food production and companion animals; And finally to conduct basic research on microbial pathogenesis, the molecular biology of microbial and parasitic pathogens, and the mechanisms of immunity.

Graduate work is offered in infectious diseases leading to a PhD degree. Strengths of the diverse departmental graduate faculty include molecular virology, pathogenic bacteriology, classical and molecular parasitology, vaccinology, vector biology, disease modeling, and immunology. Students with BS or MS degrees, and those with a DVM degree, are accepted for graduate training in our doctoral program. We also offer a MS degree administered through the Master of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences program.

The Department of Infectious Diseases participates in the Integrated Life Sciences program at the University of Georgia, and as such relies on that program for recruitment of graduate students. Prospective students interested in Infectious Disease research should apply to the Integrated Life Sciences program.

Instruction is coordinated with course offerings from the Department of Infectious Diseases, and with departments of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The statistics and computer science departments are involved in the epidemiology program of study. Suitable courses in these departments are included in students’ programs of study. Instruction in infectious diseases is coordinated with work in other departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Poultry Diagnostic Research Center, and regional / federal research facilities.

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

College of Veterinary Medicine

501 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602



Infectious Diseases

Graduate Coordinator(s):

David Peterson

Phone Number:


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