Microbial infectious diseases are among the most profound health challenges facing humanity today. With the increasing need for translationally trained researchers, the MS in Infectious Disease and Immunology offers students a strong foundation as they look forward to careers in the research field.
Our program is a partnership between Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) and the Infectious Disease and Immunology Research Institute (InDIRI). This association brings together the strengths of both programs and forms a community of uniquely collaborative and integrated scientific researchers, with a wide range of expertise including bacterial and viral disease, host-microbe interactions, immunology, translational studies, and implementation studies.
Our program provides a curriculum that emphasizes a strong grounding in the fundamentals of basic cellular and molecular biology, as well as infectious disease. It provides the opportunity for our students to be involved in translational research projects between the InDIRI faculty. In addition our program offers elective courses with a specific interest in a career as a director of clinical trials. These electives, in advanced statistics and clinical trial management, prepare our students to play a key role at this crucial interface between research and the clinic.
The vision of MS in Infectious Disease and Immunology program is in harmony with that of the National Institutes of Health’s Roadmap for Medical Research, which urges translational research: research that has practical and clinical applications. This connection with NIH goals ensures that students receive relevant, timely training that prepares them for meaningful careers in the laboratory and the workforce.
The MS in Infectious Disease and Immunology is a two-year, full time, research-intensive program.