Improving health through research and education

Animal and public health is seriously threatened by viral, bacterial, and parasitic infectious diseases. These diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming at least 17 million human lives, and indeterminable numbers of animals each year.

Impacting the world

With a focus on cutting edge techniques and both basic and translational science, the department is working to address all aspects of infectious diseases. Our strengths lie in immunology, vaccinology, drug discovery, and investigation of host-pathogen interactions, and our graduate programs are highly sought after.

Additionally, our research program is tackling the world’s greatest challenges, such as searching for ways to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

From teaching to research to service, our faculty are highly collaborative—working with other UGA departments and universities on high-level research—and dedicated to providing expertise in disease diagnosis as part of our veterinary diagnostic labs in Athens and Tifton.

Graduate Programs

For those interested in a research-driven career in academia or industry, we offer a PhD in Infectious Diseases. We also offer master’s degree programs and participate in the College’s DVM-PhD dual degree program.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases

The certificate introduces students to practical and theoretical knowledge of infectious diseases across a range of biological scales from molecules and cells to populations and includes host-pathogen interactions.

Undergraduate Infectious Diseases Laboratory Research Courses

These courses provide research opportunities that may fulfill one or more laboratory or elective course requirements for various life science undergraduate majors.

Infectious Diseases at a glance


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FY23 Grant Funding

Latest News

UGA research programs shine at 42nd meeting of the American Society for Virology

The University of Georgia’s research prowess was on display for the 42nd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology, the first time in the society’s history that it met in Athens and one of a handful of times the gathering has been held in the Southeast.

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Changing the face of animal health through research

Our researchers are actively looking for solutions to common problems and challenges facing the both human and animal health.

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