260.652.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Gregory Glass
    Douglas Norris
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Discuss the dynamic interplay of populations within ecosystems
    • Apply and analyze basic parameters to characterize population changes
    • Distinguish major functional categories of parasites Develop appropriate characterizations of model infectious disease systems
  • Course Description
    Applies basic principles of ecology to public health, focusing on factors related to population growth and regulation and the impacts of behavior, genetics, and evolution on disease patterns. Examines the effects of population processes on disease control by vaccination, chemotherapies, and vector control.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on two exams and participation in class.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Grades will be based on the results of in-class, “closed book”, short essay exams and participation in background sessions. Exams will contribute 80% of the final grade while a written assignment and in-class participation will contribute the remainder. You are not to collaborate on the written exams although you are encouraged to study together.  Copies of previous exams will not be provided though sample questions may be available.

  • Prerequisites
    A course in advanced biology

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    A course in advanced biology

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    none required; readings available online.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Hi folks,

    Sadly, the ecosystem has taken it upon itself to delay our class.  Shortly, I will post what would have been today's materials for you to review so things are ready to go on Thursday. We will anticipate that you will at least briefly review the materials.  There are two readings. The first by George Fisher is for basic review and if you are familiar with the materials (as the lecture notes will explain) you do not need to imerse yourselves in it. We will simply presume you understand unless you have questions.  The second paper is by Fred Bang. It is an 'old' paper that lays out his perspective on how ecology integrates with public health. As a 'required' reading we view this as a paper we could draw from for the exam materials. Again, if you have questions please ask either by email or in real life during class. Hope to catch up with you all soon in Room W2017

    best wishes,

    the Faculty, Public Health Ecology

  • Course topics

    Energetics; ecosystem dynamics
    Where and when of species distributions
    Characterizing population growth; factors affecting population growth
    Species interactions--competition, predation
    Infectious diseases as systems; parameters of ID systems; compartment analyses of ID systems
    Effects of Parasites on behavior
    Ecological strategies for disease control
    Spatio-temporal patterns of ID’s
    Changing patterns of diseases
    Evolutionary ecology (host-parasite; resistance; pathogenicity)
    Gene flow and population structure; population genetics
    Selection and evolution of populations

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Sabra Klein, Ph.D.
    Tel: 410-955-8898

    Jason Persichetti
    Office: E3017
    Tel: UNK

    Smita Das
    Office: E3402
    Tel: 443.287.4490

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    To understand the role of ecological interactions in (infectious) disease processes
    To understand the methods used to acquire this information
    To be able to apply this knowledge to disease systems and anticipate key areas for study, intervention and analysis
  • Disability Support Services
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