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Emerging Infections

Dengue fever risk map
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines emerging infections as those whose incidence in humans has increased in the past two decades or threaten to increase in the near future. In 2004, the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) listed more than 100 emerging infections. The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) has taken a leadership role in research, teaching, surveillance, and control of a number of emerging infectious diseases ever since the concept was first introduced in the late 1990’s. These infections include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi infection, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, West Nile virus infection, trypanosomiasis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Powassan virus infection, and Zika virus. Most of these infections are globally distributed. The YSPH also collaborates with the Connecticut Department of Public Health on important surveillance, teaching, research, and control efforts through the Connecticut Emerging Infections Disease Program. This program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ongoing projects related to influenza, food-borne illness, hospital-associated infections including Clostridium difficile and their community interface, tick-borne diseases, and human papillomavirus. Finally, the YSPH has close collaborative ties with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station that carries out research, teaching, surveillance, and control programs for both mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases in Connecticut.

Relevant Courses

  • Principles of Infectious Diseases I EMD 518 
  • Principles of Infectious Diseases II EMD 518

Faculty of Interest

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Associate Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Co-director, Public Health Modeling Concentration

    Research Interests
    Drug Resistance, Microbial; Epidemiology; Europe, Eastern; Models, Biological; Public Health; South America; Tuberculosis; HIV Infections; Molecular Epidemiology; Africa South of the Sahara
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Associate Professor in Pulmonary; Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine)

    Research Interests
    Critical Care; Tuberculosis; Global Health; Mobile Applications
  • Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    Babesia; Babesiosis; Borrelia; Chikungunya virus; Climate; Epidemiology; Biological Evolution; Insect Vectors; Lyme Disease; Parasitology; Public Health; Ticks; Global Health; Evolution, Planetary; Climate Change
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    Aedes; Arthropod Vectors; Chikungunya virus; Culex; Dengue Virus; Disease Outbreaks; Epidemiology; Genetics, Microbial; Molecular Sequence Data; RNA Viruses; West Nile virus; Directed Molecular Evolution
  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology; Director, Emerging Infections Program

    Research Interests
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Foodborne Diseases; Hepatitis C; Injections; Public Health; Russia; Vietnam; Global Health; HIV Infections
  • Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Department Chair, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

    Research Interests
    Dengue; Epidemiology; Leptospirosis; Urban Health; Global Health; Meningitis, Bacterial; Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), in Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and in Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    Babesiosis; Blood Transfusion; Epidemiology; Lyme Disease; Relapsing Fever; Borrelia burgdorferi; Infectious Disease Medicine; Organisms; Diseases
  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Development Core at Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Director, HPV Working Group at Yale; Co-Director, CT Emerging Infections Program at Yale

    Research Interests
    Epidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology; HIV; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Vaccines; Communicable Diseases, Emerging; Qualitative Research; Human papillomavirus 11
  • Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    Drug Resistance; Pneumonia; Respiratory Tract Infections; Infection Control; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
  • John Rodman Paul Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director of Graduate Studies

    Research Interests
    Parasitic Diseases; Tropical Medicine; Trypanosomiasis, African; Genomics; RNA Interference
  • Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    Symbiosis; Trypanosomiasis; Tsetse Flies; Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Lecturer - Water, Sanitation and Public Health, EMD

    Research Interests
    Leptospira; Leptospirosis; Vaccines, Attenuated; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Translational Medical Research

Secondary & Adjunct Faculty

  • Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Section Chief, Infectious Diseases

    Research Interests
    Bacteria; Epidemiology; Lyme Disease; Parasitology; Public Health; Ticks; Viruses; West Nile virus; Global Health; Ehrlichiosis; Borrelia burgdorferi; Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Associate Director School of Public Health and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Associate Director, Yale Emerging Infections Program

    Research Interests
    Epidemiology; Tick Control; Ticks; Zoonoses
  • Professor; Director, Yale CyTOF Facility; Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs

    Research Interests
    Aging; Immune System; Immunity, Innate; Immune System Diseases; Macrophages; Neutrophils; Pathology; Public Health; Rheumatology; Virus Diseases; West Nile virus
  • Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics; Deputy Director, Investigative Medicine PhD Program; Co-Director of Education, Yale Center for CLinical Investigation

    Research Interests
    Education; Lyme Disease; Investigative Techniques; Pediatrics; Vaccines; Case-Control Studies; Infectious Disease Medicine; Translational Medical Research