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Global Disease Biology

Global Disease Biology allows students to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants and the environment in a global context. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of diseases, societal and personal impacts, and the science behind discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Students interested in the health sciences will integrate concepts from multiple disciplines to learn how to solve global disease and health challenges using innovative approaches.

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A degree in Global Disease Biology prepares graduates with the knowledge, leadership skills and experiences required to excel in professions associated with global health; the environment; food safety and security; biological safety and security; and health policy. All of these fields offer a wide range of opportunities related to disease and the health of people, animals and plants in countries at all stages of development. Valuable research experience provides a strong foundation for advancement to graduate or professional studies in a variety of biological disciplines. Graduates may choose to pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health and plant pathology, and can work for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, state and local public health agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Students will engage in a broad range of preparatory scientific coursework and global disease biology classes such as epidemiology and disease ecology. Core classes are interdisciplinary and focus on concepts that span the breadth of human, animal and plant diseases, providing a unifying ecological and quantitative perspective of disease. Flexibility in upper division electives allows students to explore specific areas of interest in depth. A strong research component includes a senior project designed to bridge disciplines within the major.

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Francesca De Las Alas
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