About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for BIOLOGY OF PARASITISM (260.635.01), a course offered by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Presents a biological basis of parasitic lifestyles including host responses and parasite evasion of host defense mechanisms, transmission, epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations, pathology, treatment, and control of the major helminthic and protozoan infections of man

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the biological basis for host-parasite adaptation
  • Define the scope of Parasitic Infections of Global Public Health Importance
  • Learn epidemiological concepts of relevance to parasite infections
  • Learn methods of diagnosis, identification and detection of parasites
  • Learn Pathological changes associated with Parasite infections
  • Discuss the role of vectors and intermediate hosts in parasite transmission
  • Learn the role of vertebrate innate and adaptive immune system in controlling parasites
  • Learn molecular biology concepts unique to parasite infections
  • Define the biochemical targets for drugs targeting parasites
  • Define the mechanisms of drug resistance
  • Define the immune evasion strategy employed by certain parasites

Course Time

Mon Wed Fri   8:30 AM to 9:50 AM

Intended Audience


Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a mid-term and a final exam.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

David Sullivan
E-mail: dsulliva@jhsph.edu