Program Objectives

 

The Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change addresses gaps in knowledge concerning the emergence and persistence of infectious diseases and applies this knowledge to improving and expanding access to effective therapies.

Educational objectives include:

  • Educating undergraduate and graduate students, postgraduate trainees, and health care professionals in research and practice methods appropriate to the biosocial complexity of infectious diseases.

Research objectives include:

  • Conducting research on infectious disease to increase access to care (including preventive services), improve treatment outcomes, and strengthen health systems.

Service and policy objectives include:

  • Using research findings to improve local health care delivery approaches.

  • Using research findings to guide development and implementation of social, health, and economic policies—locally, nationally, and globally—that will reduce the disproportionate burden of infectious diseases among the world’s poor.

  • Ensuring that linked service efforts reflect and inform the Program’s research, education, and policy objectives.