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Training and Research Opportunities

A number of training programs are available to Infectious Diseases Fellows after the clinical year including basic science laboratory research, patient oriented clinical research, and training programs in epidemiology and health policy. Many of these are supported by training grants.

ID Training Grant for Post-doctoral Fellows in Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, and Microbial Immunology

The University of Pennsylvania has a very collaborative and integrated research program in immunology, microbiology, virology, and parasitology. ID fellows interested in basic science research can identify a laboratory from an extensive list of research topics and mentors. Typically, two years of funding are given by the training grant with further funding available through the training lab or subsequent NIH funding.

The Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree program

This program provides comprehensive clinical research training. The goal of the program is to train individuals for successful careers as independent investigators. This program is directed by the faculty of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The MSCE is a 2-year program, which is typically undertaken in the second and third years of the ID fellowship. An Infectious Diseases/Epidemiology Research Training grant is available to support ID fellows accepted into the MSCE training program.

The PhD Program in Epidemiology

This program is directed by the faculty of the Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is one of seven graduate groups within Biomedical Graduate Studies. The educational mission of the program is to train individuals for successful careers as independent investigators in epidemiologic research.

The Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research

Health policy research investigates the organization, management, financing, and delivery of health care and the social forces that shape health in the US and the world. Health policy researchers are intrinsically multidisciplinary, using tools from a wide range of scientific disciplines to gain insight into the complex challenges facing health care.

Additional training programs available to ID Fellows

The University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of training programs that are available to ID fellows, including:

  1. Master of Science in Translational Medicine
  2. Masters of Public Health
  3. Public Health Certificate Program (PHCP)
  4. Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
  5. Clinical Research and Public Health Training Options Offered by the School of Medicine