Infectious Diseases and Immunity

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Graduate Group in Infectious Diseases and Immunity provides an opportunity for the study of the biology of infectious agents, their interaction with human and other hosts, and their relationship with the environment. The PhD program is unique in its emphasis on integrated multidisciplinary training in host-pathogen environmental interactions. Important areas of inquiry include the biology of host-pathogen interactions, molecular and cellular aspects of pathogenesis, the ecology and evolution of disease agents, environmental factors in transmission, intermediate hosts and vectors, the biology of surveillance and epidemiological analysis, vaccine and drug development, and public health practices for disease prevention and control.

The objective of this program is to provide students with research-oriented pursuits that will train them to design and implement independent investigations. The goal is to promote health by the integration of basic research and applied technologies for the development of new approaches for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of infectious disease in humans.

Students matriculating through this program will acquire expertise in fundamental infectious disease research and thus are well prepared for careers in academia, governmental agencies, and biotechnology. For admission requirements and application process, please visit both the IDI website and the Grad Division website f for details. Application deadline: December 1st for the following year's fall semester admission.

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Applying for Graduate Admission

Thank you for considering UC Berkeley for graduate study! UC Berkeley offers more than 120 graduate programs representing the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary scholarship. A complete list of graduate academic departments, degrees offered, and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Prospective students must submit an online application to be considered for admission, in addition to any supplemental materials specific to the program for which they are applying. The online application can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Admission Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;

  2. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and

  3. Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

For a list of requirements to complete your graduate application, please see the Graduate Division’s Admissions Requirements page. It is also important to check with the program or department of interest, as they may have additional requirements specific to their program of study and degree. Department contact information can be found here.

Where to apply?

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page.

Doctoral Degree Requirements


Courses Required
Group I: Infectious Diseases (2 courses):
PB HLTH 260APrinciples of Infectious Diseases4
And one of the following:
PB HLTH 262Molecular and Cellular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenesis3
PB HLTH 265Molecular Parasitology3
PB HLTH 266BZoonotic Diseases2
Group II: Immunology (1 course): Student should take PH 263 as far as possible and not both PH 263 and MCB 250
PB HLTH 263Public Health Immunology3-4
or MCELLBI 250 Advanced Immunology
Group III: Biostatistics (1 courses):
PB HLTH 142Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health4
or PB HLTH 245 Introduction to Multivariate Statistics
Group IV: Epidemiology (2 courses)
PB HLTH 250AEpidemiologic Methods I3
PB HLTH 253BEpidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases 13
or PB HLTH 260E Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Group V: Research (2 courses)
PB HLTH 293Doctoral Seminar (IDI Doctoral Seminar)1
PB HLTH 293Doctoral Seminar (Doctoral Research Seminar)2
In addition to the required courses listed above, students will elect several additional courses appropriate to the student’s area of research interest with the guidance of the Graduate Advisor and other faculty.
Examples for electives (also includes courses listed above):
Epidemiologic Methods II [4]
Infectious Disease Research in Developing Countries [2]
Outbreak Investigation [2]
Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Macromolecular Reactions and the Cell [4]
Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology [4]

IDI PhD students without an epidemiology background are strongly
encouraged to read more about Epidemiology and/or take PB HLTH 250A prior to taking PB HLTH 253B.


For a full list of IDI faculty, please visit the IDI website.

Contact Information

Graduate Group in Infectious Diseases and Immunity

5321-15 Berkeley Way West, Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510-642-2613

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Program Head

Eva Harris, PhD

500D Li Ka Shing Center

Phone: 510-642-4845

Division Manager

Teresa Liu

5321-15 Berkeley Way West

Phone: 510-642-2613

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