Degree Programs

All of our faculty are involved in the medical school curriculum across the preclerkship and post clerkship modules. We teach med students the basic sciences, immunology and host response, infectious diseases and more.

MD Program

The Graduate Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) is designed for applicants who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study leading to the PhD degree and was created for students who are primarily interested in the pathogenesis, host response, and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

Emerging Infectious Disease PhD


  • Rotation experiences allow students to ‘sample' several labs before choosing their PhD home.
  • 2 tracks in EID program: Microbiology and Immunology OR Preventative Medicine and Biostatistics
  • Interactive course work combined with a ‘hands on’ faculty ensure a rigorous learning experience.
  • 3 diverse fields graduates can enter that match their individual interests: academic, federal service, industry.



The weekly Microbiology and Immunology and Emerging Infectious Diseases Seminar Seminars provide a forum allowing the invitation of outside speakers, or in-house faculty, to present selected topic in Microbiology and Immunology, for which the speaker is a recognized expert. The main goals for students who attend the seminar series is to increase their breath of knowledge in the field and to meet experts in person. In addition, it will provide a model to follow when they have to present data. Seminars are open to all members of the USUHS scientific community, affiliated hospitals (especially NNMC, WRAMC and AAFB), NIH, and Washington Area academic institutions. Attendance is mandatory for all EID graduate students.

Journal Clubs

The Immunology Journal Club and the Virology Journal Club provide opportunities for graduate students and fellows to review and discuss primary scientific literature related to all aspects of research pertinent to the field of emerging infectious diseases. Each journal club forum also allows for students and fellows to present their own research data in this semi-formal atmosphere which affords an opportunity to receive feedback on their research projects. These weekly sessions are designed to not only expand the breadth of knowledge of the participants, they also function to promote critical thinking and to provide an informal forum for the development of skills necessary for the successful oral communication of research data. These clubs are open to all members of the academic community. Attendance at one of the data/journal clubs is mandatory.

Data Clubs

Bacteriology Data Club is a forum for the informal presentation of research progress and results by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The intent is to promote an exchange of information and ideas and to learn from one another while providing an opportunity for everyone to improve their communications (public speaking) skills. In order to achieve this end, participants in Data Club are not only expected to give presentations, they are also expected to attend the weekly meetings, to ask questions and to offer suggestions. In this way, we will all derive maximum benefit from the sessions. Attendance at one of the data/journal clubs is mandatory.