Infectious Disease

  • Provides in-depth study of the biological features of infectious and tropical diseases, both domestically and globally.
  • Emphasizes the use of epidemiologic methods to study the biological, social and biological determinants of infectious disease transmission, pathogenesis, immunity and control.
  • Students achieve basic mastery of microbiology and immunology in addition to methods to understand transmission dynamics and the impact of prevention and treatment interventions.
  • Students are encouraged to take additional coursework in another area, such as implementation science, meta- analysis and systematic review, mathematical modeling and clinical trials.


Area of Concentration Leader

George W. Rutherford, III, MD Professor


Primary Faculty

Bruce Agins, MD, MPH Professor
Caryn Bern, MD, MPH Professor
Adam Bennett, PhD, MA Assistant Professor
Joelle Brown, PhD Assistant Professor
Richard Feachem, DSc, PhD Professor
Roland Gosling, PhD, MS Associate Professor
Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH Professor
Laura Jelliffe, PhD, MS Associate Professor
Christina Lindan, MD, MS Associate Professor
Jeffrey Martin, MD, MPH Professor
Meghan Morris, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor
Hugh Sturrock, PhD Assistant Professor


Secondary Faculty

Margaret Chesney, PhD Professor
Ruth Greenblatt, MD Professor
Judith Hahn, PhD, MA Associate Professor
Norman Hearst, MD, MPH Professor
Jaco Homsy, MD, MPH Assistant Professor
Thomas Lietman, MD Professor
Edward Murphy, MD, MPH Professor
Robert Owen, MD Professor
Travis Porco, PhD, MPH Professor
Mark Seielstad, PhD Associate Professor


Affiliate Faculty

Pauli Amornkul (IAVI) Assistant Professor
Jon Andrus, MD, MPH (Pan American Health Organization, PAHO)  
Heidi Bauer, MD, MS MPH (UCB) Associate Professor
Carol Brosgart, MD (East Bay AIDS Center) Professor
Susan P. Buchbinder, MD (SFDPH) Professor
Lisa Butler, PhD, MPH (Boston Children's Hospital)  
John M. Colford. MD, PhD, MPH (UCB)  
Wayne EnanoriaPhD, MPH (SFDPH) Assistant Professor
Sundeep Gupta, MD, MPH (CDC)  
Cora Hoover, MD (Family Practice, San Mateo) Assistant Professor
Barrot Lambdin, PhD, MPH (Pangaea) Assistant Professor
Willi McFarland, MD, MPH (SFDPH) Professor
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (CDC) Associate Professor
Matt Price, PhD (IAVI) Assistant Professor                                                
Jennifer Read, MD, MS, MPH (National Vaccine Program Office) Professor
Arthur Reingold, MD (UCB) Professor
Sarah Royce, MD, MPH Assistant Professor
Sandra Schwarcz, MD, MPH (SFDPH) Professor
Nandi Siegfried, MD, MPH (University of Cape Town) Assistant Professor
Roberto Tapia-Conyer, MD, MPH (Carlos Slim Foundation) Professor 
Godfridus van Griensven (Thai Red Cross) Associate Professor
Duc J. Vugia, MD, MPH, FACP (California Department of Public Health ) Professor 
James Watt, MD, MPH (California Department of Public Health) Associate Professor


Retired Faculty

Sarah Macfarlane, MS, PhD Professor (Emeritus)