Open Access Journals

Thanks to the Open Access movement, it is getting easier to find respectable, high-impact publications releasing critical research online and free-of-charge. These journals covering infectious disease are no exception.

  • Vaccines

    Publisher: MDPI

    This Swiss publisher has several online open-access journals carrying respectable impact factors. This one publishes respectable research on immunology and vaccine technology free-of-charge.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control

    Publisher: BioMed Central

    Published by one of the largest reputable open-access journal providers, ARIC investigates the factors behind the development of multidrug resistant pathogens.

  • International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance

    Publisher: Elsevier

    This open-access publication is sponsored by the Australian Society for Parasitology and is dedicated entirely to research into the science of drug resistance by various parasites.

  • Eurosurveillance

    Publisher: Eurosurveillance

    Dedicated to high-impact research in the surveillance, prevention, and control of communicable diseases, this peer-reviewed journal features long research pieces and short news articles each month.

  • International Journal of Infectious Diseases

    Publisher: Elsevier

    This official journal of the International Society of Infectious Diseases became completely open access at the start of 2014 and publishes important research each month.

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Publisher: CDC

    The fourth most influential journal for infectious disease research, this monthly publication from the Centers for Disease Control has been disseminating key HIV/AIDS research for decades, as well as information on other infectious diseases.


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  • Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600

    For a historical and cultural perspective into the role of infectious diseases, these video lectures from Yale tell the story of plagues and pestilences as far back as the Black Death and all the way up to the recent SARS outbreak.

  • Antibiotics, Toxins, and Protein Engineering

    Antibiotics have been one of humanity’s greatest weapons against deadly bacteria. This course from MIT will help you understand how they work and the challenges of antibiotic resistance looming on the horizon.

  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases

    These audio lectures from UC Berkeley are great for busy public health professionals and students to catch up on the essentials of infections diseases.

  • Problem Solving for Immunization Programs

    Learn about the amazing progress and coming challenges of the worldwide vaccination effort that has saved millions of children’s lives around the world.

  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

    These lectures slides and readings from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health are an excellent resource for students or professionals doing research into major infectious diseases.

  • Infectious Disease/Microbiology

    These free lecture slides from the University of Michigan can serve as an excellent introductory foundation for understanding the workings of infectious pathologies.

  • Pathophysiology of Infectious Diseases

    These lecture notes and reading suggestions are excellent for public health students and professionals looking to understand the nitty-gritty biology of various pathogens.

Research Organizations

With millions still dying of preventable infectious diseases in the developing world each year, and new threats like HIV and SARS always emerging, research organizations must stay proactive in understanding and countering present and future infections.

  • The Scripps Research Institute

    One of the world’s largest independent nonprofit research organizations, the Scripps Institute dedicates substantial effort to addressing the emerging threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

  • WHO: The Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum

    This regular forum brings together leading scientists and organizations from around the world to measure and coordinate progress toward the WHO’s Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

  • NIH Vaccine Research Center

    This research center at the National Institutes of Health focuses on developing effective vaccines for infectious diseases, primarily HIV/AIDS.

  • SRI International

    This leading nonprofit organization paves the way for clinical trials of life-saving vaccines and treatments for the most common infectious diseases.

  • Fred Hutchinson Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

    One of the largest independent research centers, the Fred Hutchinson Center also directs substantial efforts toward infectious disease research.

  • Infectious Disease Research Institute

    Through collaboration with over 100 global partners, this nonprofit organization aims to develop new diagnostic methods, vaccines, and treatments for malaria, influenza, TB, and others.

  • NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

    This flagship government research institute supports the Division of AIDS (DAIDS), which provides millions of dollars in funding for promising treatment and prevention research. The NIAID marshals an annual budget of nearly five billion dollars toward research grants, education, and clinical trials.

Professional Organizations

If you are a public health professional working with infectious diseases, these organizations can help you excel in your field.

Public Awareness Organizations

Many of the deadliest infectious diseases are preventable, like TB and malaria, yet millions die due to a lack of mobilization and coordination. This is where public awareness groups step in to organize vaccine campaigns, fund treatments, and save lives.

  • Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

    Since antibiotics are humanity’s only defense against dangerous bacterias, the emergence of antibiotic resistant microbes poses a critical threat. This organization based at Tufts University aims to address it.


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  • World Health Organization: Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme

    Little known tropical disease like dengue, Chagas disease, and human African trypanosomiasis threaten half the world’s population. This WHO program aims to dramatically expand prevention and treatment and save millions of lives.

  • Malaria No More

    Thanks to small independent charities like Malaria No More, millions of lives, especially those of children, have been saved in Sub Saharan Africa through programs like mosquito net distribution targeted insecticide use.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    While one billion people suffer from infectious diseases in developing countries, there is a critical lack of funding because the conditions are rare in the developed world. This leading private charity seeks to end that disparity.

  • National Foundation For Infectious Diseases

    Through several grants and award programs, the NFIF aims to better inform not just the public but health professionals themselves about infectious diseases.