Regular PhD programs

PhD in Tropical and Infectious disease (TID)
The overall aims of the PhD program in TIDs is to contribute to the country’s effort to reduce the shortage of direly needed technically proficient human power and enrich the academia (state universities and colleges), public sectors (ministries and health oriented research institutes) and private sectors (non-governmental organizations involved in disease control programs) with high calibre professionals and scientists in TIDs.


  • To produce theoretically well-founded and technically proficient graduates who are able to serve as effective mentors of undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education institutions in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa.
  • To produce professionals with such research acumen as to be capable of conducting fundamental, applied and operational research in TIDs.
  • To develop professionals with the skill of undertaking research in tropical and infectious diseases, establish models for clinical management, prevention and control of tropical and infectious diseases.
  • To develop professionals with strong integrative aptitudes so as to translate scientific facts, trends, predictions and socio-political realities into cohesive TIDs policies and strategies.
  • To produce professionals with competence in the survillance, investigation, diagnosis and management of TIDs.

Entry Requirements
Prospective candidates or applicants to the program should have:

  • MSc/MPH degree or Equivalent degree in: Epidemiology, Entomology, Malariology, Microbiology, Zoology, Public Health, Medical Parasitology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science, Environmental Health, Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Medical Laboratory Science, and Biostatistics. 
  • Admission to other MSc applicants from relevant fields of study other than the above mentioned fields of specialization shall be based on the recommendation of the tropical and infectious disease graduate committee/council.
  • An overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 is the minimum admission requirement.
  • Transcripts from all Universities attended.
  • Written recommendation from 3 references who have had sufficient contact with the prospective applicant to judge his/her personal qualities and ability to work with others or independently.
  • Having a support letter from the organization he/she is working for.
  • Personal statement of motivation.

Duration of Study
The PhD in TID is a four (4) years program

Graduate Profile
Graduates of the program would be employed in various ministries (e.g. ministry of health), in academic and research institutions and industry, where they would play a leading role in:

  • Carrying out investigations on specific aspects of endemic and epidemic tropical and infectious diseases.
  • eaching and training at higher institutions.
  • Carrying out community diagnosis and identification of priority health problems for disease research and control.
  • Designing, implementing monitoring and evaluating appropriate disease control programs in epidemic situations and in endemic areas.
  • Planning and carry out research projects on various aspects of tropical and infectious diseases.
  • Taking part in leadership on health research activities of public health problems at national and regional level.
  • Taking part in leadership in national health surveillance systems.
  • Training frontline health workers, health care providers and health program managers in disease surveillance and control programs.
  • Developing suitable strategies for the management of TIDs.
  • Conducting advanced research that contributes to the generation of knowledge and technology in addition to conducting operational research to evaluate disease control programs in accordance with the prevailing epidemiological, social and economic conditions.
  • Assessing the outputs and outcomes of implemented integrated approaches and measures for the control diseases.

Graduation Requirements
The Degree of Philosophy in Tropical and Infectious Diseases is conferred up on a candidate, who normally after completing a PhD research project work acquiring the expected level of knowledge and skill, passes a comprehensive examination on her/his dissertation subject and chosen field, presents a satisfactory dissertation and shows evidence of scholarly attainment. The candidate should have to complete at least 28 credit hours (courses, seminars and dissertation included). A candidate should also attend at least 2 national or international scientific conferences/symposia and if possible should present part of his work. The PhD candidate should score at least ‘B’ letter grade in all core courses. If the PhD candidate can’t complete the PhD study within the set schedule, he/she should present a justification to the doctoral commission for possible extension of the work for 1 to 2 semesters.

Degree nomenclature
Doctor of Philosophy in Tropical and Infectious Diseases
(Amharic version: የዶክትሬት ዲግሪ በትሮፕካል እና ተላላፊ በሽታዎች)
List and semester breakdown of courses
Course Schedule
Year I Semester I

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Infectious Diseases EpidemiologyTRID7112
Advanced BiostatisticsStat7032
Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious DiseasesTRID7132

 Year I Semester II

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Advanced Medical Entomology and Vector
Effective Scientific CommunicationTRID8011
Research Ethics and PolicyTRID8031
Seminar ITRID8131

 Year II Semester I

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Techniques in Molecular Biology and
Health BioinformaticsTRID7162
Seminar IITRID8151

Year II Semester II

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Doctoral DissertationTRID81712*

*Doctoral research in progress

Year III Semester I

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Doctoral DissertationTRID81712*

*Doctoral research in progress

Year III Semester II

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Doctoral DissertationTRID81712*

*Doctoral research in progress

Year IV Semester I

Course titleCourse NoCr Hr
Doctoral DissertationTRID81712*