KEY RESEARCH AREAS
Biodefense doctoral students take on a broad range of topics and biodefense challenges, bridging the gap between scientists and policy-makers. As a part of the program, students can select one of three fields for their specialization:
- International Security
- Technology and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
- Terrorism and Homeland Security
The biodefense doctoral program requires 72 credits of coursework. This is divided among core courses, a field of specialization, supporting courses that can be taken outside the department, and dissertation guidance. The program may be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis. Learn more about the course schedule and details in the current PhD Student Handbook.
- Six required courses in core biodefense, international security, and public policy fields
- One additional Advanced Research Course focused on qualitative or quantitative research
- Two required field seminars and 2 elective courses in one of the three fields of specialization (International Security; Terrorism & Homeland Security; Technology & WMD)
- Two elective courses from fields other than your chosen field of specialization
- Additional Electives (typically 3 to 7 courses, chosen in consultation with an advisor) to complete the remaining 72 credits required for degree completion
- Dissertation focused on biodefense topic to be presented to PhD committee
Browse course descriptions and learn more about the biodefense doctoral program's degree requirements.