Student Learning Outcomes

IID Student Learning Outcomes

Research training leading to the PhD or MS degree is tailored to the individual's background and career goals, with the proviso that a strong foundation in basic sciences is indispensable in preparation for infectious disease research.

PhD trainees

The IID PhD Graduate Program includes:

  • Coursework
    • 72 credits: 15 credits must be graded graduate courses. The remainder are earned through supervised dissertation research.
  • Laboratory rotations (3-4 rotations, 8 weeks each)
  • Participation in professional development workshops through the Graduate School 
  • A final PhD examination consisting of:
  • A public presentation of the research.
  • An oral dissertation defense including examination of general knowledge pertinent to the degree.


Trainees will gain research training in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that prepares highly-skilled graduates. Skills and outcomes for PhD students include:

  • Demonstrate mastery of general knowledge in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases
  • Have the highest level of expertise in a specific, defined field of study
  • Recognize problems in immunology and infectious diseases, including:
    • Interpreting and critiquing scientific reports
    • Identifying novel strategies to investigate new areas of research
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge base of previous and current research in a defined field of study, demonstrable by oral and written evaluations.
  • Evaluate and interpret data in light of a defined research problem, with particular attention to how the experimental evidence supports or refutes a research hypothesis
  • Develop presentation skills including:
    • Presenting their research proposal in the format of a grant application to the graduate training faculty
    • Preparation of first author manuscripts describing their results for publication in high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals
    • Presenting their research to local, regional, national, and international audiences
  • Cultivate professional networks among research colleagues through activities such as teaching, internships, fellowships, and collaborative research projects.


    MS trainees

    The IID MS Graduate Program includes:

    • Coursework:
      • 30 credits: 21 must be graded courses or seminars; the remainder are earned in supervised thesis research.
    • The final MS examination includes:
      • A public presentation of the research
      • An oral thesis defense including examination of general knowledge pertinent to the degree.


    MS trainees will gain quality research training that prepares them for positions requiring a high degree of scientific literacy or for doctoral training programs. Skills and outcomes for MS students include:

    1. Achieve broad, general knowledge in the field infectious diseases and mastery of a specific subset, demonstrable by oral and written evaluations
    2. Develop research objectives to test a hypothesis, apply appropriate statistical analyses, interpret data in light of the defined research question and present results in conformance with standards for ethical and responsible conduct of research;
    3. Present research findings at conferences
    4. Preparation and publication of a first author manuscript in a high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journal