As we enter the 21st century, we face many challenges: rapid advances in biomedical sciences, the information technology revolution, and a radically changing world. The Department of Pathobiology, because of its multidisciplinary nature, is poised to make significant contributions to biomedical and veterinary sciences through research and education.
The Department of Pathobiology is one of three departments in the College and plays a central role in the University of Illinois' three-part mission of teaching, research and service. In this land-grant research university, our educational mission is pursued in concert with our research mission. The department encompasses the disciplines of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Parasitology, and Comparative Pathology.
Initiation of lifelong learning skills is the goal of departmental teaching at the professional, graduate, and undergraduate levels. The department is responsible for teaching in both the basic science and clinical portions of the veterinary curriculum, providing veterinary students with the basic knowledge required for their clinical years and skills in diagnostic medicine.
The department has a strong graduate program that attracts students with BS, MS, or DVM degrees. Graduate degrees can be obtained in conjunction with the MD degree (Medical Scholars Program), the DVM degree (Veterinary Medical Scholars Program) or pathology residency. Virtually all students receive tuition waivers and stipends. Graduate students participate in both the teaching and research functions of the department. The ultimate goal of the graduate program is to produce leaders in biomedical research and education for the 21st century. Continuing education courses, such as Molecular Biology and Industrial Toxicology and Pathology are also offered. The department also participates in undergraduate teaching, but to a lesser extent. Computer technologies are used to enhance instruction and develop distance learning, which is critical to education today and in the future.