About this Program
Through a departmental core curriculum as well as research area-specific courses, laboratory rotations, qualifying examinations, mentored research, and professional development, all MMI PhD students are prepared to engage in cutting edge research and scholarship that advances knowledge. MMI PhD students hone their scholarship, research and professional skills, whether in the context of MCBID, where they address problems in microbial pathogenesis, immunology and disease transmission; in MMBD, where research issues related to malaria, mosquito and arboviral biology are stressed; or in R3IM, which conveys a broad background in immunology and infectious diseases research, with special emphasis on critical thinking, logic, ethics, and written and oral skills to help graduates become communicators of complex scientific concepts and agents of change in their workplaces and communities.
What Can You Do With This Degree?
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate
- Science Communicator or Writer
- Scientist (academia, industry)
- Specialist in Science Regulatory Affairs
- Faculty, Professor
- Science Advocate (nonprofit agencies)
- Public Health Service (NIH, CDC, FDA)
- Science Policy Fellow
The Department's current training areas in the PhD program include:
- Molecular and Cellular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MCBID)
- Malaria and Mosquito-Borne Diseases (MMBD)
- Rigorous Immunological & Microbiological Research Investigations (R3IM)
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores (GRE) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.
Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars
The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically Black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, you will need to submit a SOPHAS application, VTSI supplementary materials, and all supporting documents (letters, transcripts, and test scores) by November 30, 2022. VTSI applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver, but the fee waiver must be requested by November 15, 2022 and prior to submission of the SOPHAS application.
Tuition and Funding
All full-time PhD students will receive the following support for all years of the program: stipend, full tuition, individual health insurance, University Health Services clinic fee, vision insurance, and dental insurance.
Questions about the program? We're happy to help.
Ms. Gail O'Connor
Academic Program Administrator
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E5008
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Phone: (410) 614-4232
Fax: (410) 955-0105