Infectious Disease

Control of infectious diseases has resulted from clean water and better sanitation. Infections such as typhoid and cholera, major causes of illness and death early in the 20th century, have been reduced dramatically by improved sanitation. However, many diseases thought to have been conquered are making a resurgence in the developing world. In addition, new diseases threaten to emerge wreaking large-scale havoc on human populations. Infectious diseases studied by our faculty include pandemic influenza, hospital-acquired infections, and the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) between people and their pets.

Our Work in the News

November 13, 2019

Malawi study highlights opportunities to optimize use of PrEP

Preventing HIV in sex workers is a powerful tool in lowering the worldwide burden of the disease, and a new study could help ensure that high-risk women take advantage of medical safeguards.

Researchers studying HIV in Malawi knew that the...

September 4, 2019

Research contradicts previous reports

Women who choose to shave or wax their pubic hair might not be raising their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) after all, according to a new study that found no connection between “extreme” grooming and chlamydia or gonorrhea.


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September 4, 2019

Women who remove their pubic hair do not increase their risk for sexually transmitted diseases, a new report suggests, despite a common belief and some recent research suggesting they do. The lead author, Jamie Luster, a recent CPH MPH-Epi graduate, is quoted.

“These results are not confirmatory,” said the lead author...