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Infectious Disease
Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Fralin Life Sciences Institute Integrated Life Science Building 1918 Kraft Dr, Room 2036 Blacksburg Virginia 24060
Biocomplexity Institute
Degree(s) Offered:
IGEP Degree in Infectious Disease
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Dec 01
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Department Head : Xiang-Jin Meng
Graduate Program Director(s) : Ann Stevens (Graduate Program Co-Director), Kevin Edgar (Graduate Program Co-Director)

The Infectious Disease Graduate Program

The Infectious Disease (ID) interdisciplinary graduate education program (IGEP) will train a new generation of interdisciplinary infectious disease scholars.  The ID program aims to advance knowledge of the biology of pathogens, vectors, and hosts, the science of prevention and treatment, as well as the environmental, social, and behavioral aspects of public health.  The program will train PhD students that select to work in a home laboratory from the over 100 faculty members in six colleges and 31 departments affiliated with the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens (CeZAP).

Students participating in the ID IGEP will learn to:
  • Tackle societal challenges related to infectious disease by integrating multiple diverse viewpoints
  • Master technical skills necessary to solve complex ID research questions in a transdisciplinary manner
  • Excel in coursework, while learning to apply strategies to predict and circumvent the risk of disease emergence affecting humans, animals and plants
  • Communicate their research effectively to others outside of their field of study
  • Participate as a member of a cross-campus ID community through activities such as poster sessions, research seminars and symposia that foster professional development
  • Partner with agencies, industry and the public to address ID issues beyond Virginia Tech

To learn more, including information on participating faculty members, areas of research focus, and the application process, please visit our website:
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 577.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
The Infectious Disease (ID) IGEP is not a degree-granting program.  A student electing to affiliate with the ID program will be enrolled in the home degree program of one of the participating faculty members (typically their advisory committee chair) and will be expected to meet the prevailing degree requirements of that academic unit.