This Master program aims at providing high quality post-graduate education in Health Sciences and especially in the emerging fields of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. The curriculum has a multidisciplinary character and it is based on cutting-edge scientific and technological developments.
This MSc program will focus on four core modules:
- Infection Biology. Aim of this module is to educate postgraduate students on the biology of infectious agents of global public health importance (Clinical and Molecular Bacteriology, Clinical and Molecular Virology, Mycology and Parasitology). Emphasis will be placed on the biology, genetics and immunology of key pathogen-host interactions known to control pathogenesis (Pathogenetic Mechanisms and Metabolism, Pathogenetic Mechanisms and Genetic Variability, Immunology of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines). The ultimate goal is to lay the foundation for understanding the link between the molecular basis of pathogen-host interactions and the clinical outcome of disease as well as the development of rational strategies for effective treatment (See courses).
- Infectious diseases of international and domestic interest. Aim of this module is to explore worldwide health problems including emergence of previously unrecognized pathogens, threat of pathogen resistance, spread of zoonotic and vector borne diseases, their natural history and clinical diagnosis. (Biostatistics and Molecular Epidemiology, International Medicine – Global Health, Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance, Immigrant and Tropical Medicine, Zoonotic Diseases – The ‘One Health’ concept) (See courses).
- State-of-the-art laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. Aim of this module is to provide theoretical and practical training in cutting-edge technologies and approaches used in laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. (Molecular Diagnostics /2nd semester, Clinical Laboratory Practical Training 1st.2nd semester) (See courses).
- Master thesis. Students will carry out original research work in the fields of molecular epidemiology and/or molecular microbiology and will write a thesis based on their findings.