I'm an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology. I intend on pursuing my PhD in Microbiology, as well. However, my interests lie in Virology, Epidemiology, and Immunology. My university, the University of Rhode Island, doesn't offer a PhD program as specific as Virology, and the closest I've found to it in my area is a PhD program in Pathobiology from Brown University.
Ideally, I'd the end result for me would be teaching undergraduate and graduate students Microbiology and its sub-disciplines. But, I would like to actually work in the field first. The CDC seems like a promising possibility, and there are some pharmaceutical companies who always seem to be in need of Microbiologists.
I'm not really sure how to get to this point, however. Does anyone know of any schools that offer PhD studies in Virology, Epidemiology, and/or Immunology that aren't medical schools? I've done some research into the possibility of an MD, but the sheer amount of pressure pursuing that degree can place on a family is unacceptable.