MS in Infectious Disease & Global Health

At this time, the MS in Infectious Disease and Global Health program is not accepting applications.

The twelve-month Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS-IDGH) program at Cummings School was created to address a critical need.

Emergence of new or increasingly virulent infectious agents, antimicrobial resistance, and the risk of deliberate dissemination of biothreat agents are serious evolving threats to human health. With the exponential increase of human and animal populations, international travel, and the shrinking of wildlife habitat, the risk of pathogen spillover from wild to domestic animals and humans is a serious public health crisis—as evidenced by COVID-19, Ebola, SARS, avian influenza, Nipah virus, and MERS. These threats have become a major focus for research institutions and for disease surveillance, investigation, and control by governments and international agencies.

The MS-IDGH program equips students with an in-depth understanding of infectious diseases through a global health lens and is strategically located at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Faculty devoted to the investigation of human infectious diseases help students build careers in basic and applied research and prepares them to be more competitive for professional and doctoral-level programs.


The program explores a host of different subjects, such as, immunology, vaccinology, molecular biology, global health, biosafety, food safety, bioinformatics, biotechnology, and epidemiology through didactic lectures, case studies, and journal clubs.


Our experienced faculty have hands-on experience with infectious agents responsible for serious diseases in humans, including those transmitted from animals to humans (zoonotic) or those relevant to environmental health.

Research Areas

Faculty in the Master’s Program in Infectious Disease and Global Health are seasoned leaders in their respective scientific specialties, with an outstanding record of scholarly activities, including publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presentations at national and international scientific meetings. They are dedicated to improving global health and the human condition through research, teaching and mentoring.

Be the Change

The Master of Infectious Disease and Global Health (MSIDGH) program at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers students the chance to choose a mentor they'd like to work with throughout the one-year program—allowing them to gain a complete understanding, from laboratory bench-work to working with animals, and take that out into the world with a wide variety of career options.

Career Opportunities

The Student Experience



Meet our M.S. in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS-IDGH) Candidates 2023


Read our alumni profiles to find out about the the variety of options in our program.


The one-year Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS-IDGH) program is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills to graduate students seeking careers in infectious disease, biopharma, and health sciences and entry to doctoral-level or professional degree programs.

Applicants to the MS-IDGH program must have completed the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university and met all application requirements to be considered for admission. Applicants must submit an online application by one of the rolling deadlines to be considered for admission to the program.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is not required, though applicants who wish to submit their official scores are welcome to do so.

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For additional information or questions about the MS in Infectious Disease and Global Health program, please contact:

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536