Designated Emphases

Designated Emphases

A Designated Emphasis (DE) is an area of specialization, such as a new method of inquiry, important field of application, or focus that maps near the edges, or overlaps with, the traditional disciplinary boundaries that define existing Ph.D. programs. The curriculum of a DE thus tends to focus on emerging fields or technologies that are interdisciplinary in nature and, by definition, are relevant to more than one doctoral program

Completion of the requirements for both the DE and the affiliated Ph.D. program will result in the notation of the DE on the Doctoral Diploma: “Ph.D. in X with Emphasis in Y”.

Biology of Vector-borne Diseases

The academic focus of the Designated Emphasis in the Biology of Vector-borne diseases is the scientific study of pathogens, the diseases they cause and the arthropod vectors that transmit the pathogens to humans and animals (domestic and wild). Students trained in this DE will be well poised to design, implement and evaluate methods and interventions to interrupt and control pathogens of human and veterinary importance.  This program is for PhD students only.

Organism-Environment Interactions

The Organism-Environment Interactions program offers cross-disciplinary training for students in how organisms respond to environmental changes using molecular technology.  Students will receive a PhD degree with an empasis in Organism-Environment Interactions.  This program is for PhD students only.