One of the goals of PHPID is to train professionals in veterinary public health and infectious disease preparedness. In 2002, more than one-quarter of approximately 57 million deaths worldwide were caused by infectious diseases, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Approximately two-thirds of all deaths in developing countries among children less than 5 years of age are due to infectious diseases. Clearly, there is a need for training and educating the next generation of research leaders.
The steering committee created a fellowship to support PhD students from the laboratories of participating PHPID faculty. As a result, the scope of this research and training crosses disciplines, allowing for innovations across the field.
Two separate fellowships are awarded annually through a competitive application process. Graduate students for this program are expected to have successfully completed their first year of doctoral coursework.