Specialization in Infectious Disease

Why study a Specialization in Infectious Disease?

Infections have unique characteristics that differentiate them from other diseases. They depend on factors of the host, the causal agent, as well as environmental factors: social, cultural, economic, among others. Infectious diseases are the most frequent in all segments of the population. In addition, due to their stochastic and unpredictable behavior, they sometimes emerge quickly, with the capacity to endanger global health.

Universidad Icesi and the Fundación Valle de Lili, aware of the need to train Internist doctors in the area of infectious diseases in Colombia and the region, offers this subspecialty with the availability of all technological, educational and human resources. These resources promote the acquisition of all the competences of a highly qualified subspecialist, through directed and supervised training in the clinical and research areas.


Especialista en Infectología

Length of program

2 years

Investment (semester)

$ 13.530.000 COP


Dr. Darío Hernando Cobo Medina


Dr. Fernando Rosso Suarez

Applicant Profile

The applicant must demonstrate his/her qualification as an internist physician by a national or international higher educational institution and the ministry of national education. He/she must accept the conditions and internal rules of both the university and the institution in which the practice is carried out. He/she must be a professional committed to the development of the subspecialty within the scientific and social field, with a sense of ethics and humanity that allows him/her to act for the benefit of patients and the community in general.

Graduate Profile

A graduate of the subspecialty in infectious disease will have high-level clinical and research skills for the study, diagnosis and treatment of infections in adults. In addition, he/she will know the rules that govern the practice of the medical profession in our country, will be able to develop educational activities for both health personnel and the community and will carry out an ethical and responsible exercise of the subspecialty.

Institutional Accreditation

In the Resolution, the Ministry states: "It has been shown that Universidad Icesi has achieved sufficient quality levels so that, in accordance with the norms that govern the matter, this fact is publicly recognized through a formal act of institutional accreditation". We are the first private university in southwestern Colombia to obtain the highest recognition of quality provided by the Colombian Government. This is a recognition of the quality of the academic programs, their operation and the fulfillment of the social function of the university. Universidad Icesi was accredited in May 2010 by the Ministry of Education through the National Accreditation Committee (CNA), making it the first accredited private university in Cali and the region. In the Resolution, the Ministry states: "It has been demonstrated that Universidad Icesi has achieved sufficient quality levels so that, in accordance with the rules that govern the matter, this fact is publicly recognized through a formal act of institutional accreditation".

Icesi and the Fundación Valle del Lili

The Fundación Valle del Lili and Universidad Icesi have become allies through an agreement that has been called: a deep alliance for life. With this agreement the region is strengthened by the union of two well reputed institutions, which will now work together for the well-being and the health of people and for maintaining a leadership position thanks to their constant advances in the academic, social, humanistic and scientific fields. The Fundación Valle del Lili is the university hospital with the best conditions, both in terms of infrastructure, human resources and technology, and it will provide clinical training and medical practice to future students. This alliance allows both institutions to establish a synergy in all their activities, through coordination for work, preservation of excellence in performance, already widely recognized in both institutions, and consolidates the social projection of both institutions in one of the most important sectors for the community - health. For both institutions this agreement is a strategic step. Scholarship support to resident doctors is an internal process of the Fundación Valle del Lili, whose process will be informed in a timely manner to those who are admitted.