260.635.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MWF 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    David Sullivan
    Clive Shiff
    Alan Scott
  • 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 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
  • Intended Audience
    MPH, MHS, ScM, PhD
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on a mid-term and a final exam.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Lecture 4 credits  midterm 50%, final 50%

    Lab 3 credits midterm practical 30%, final practical 30%, journal club participation 20%, live experiment 20%

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    We don't absolutely require, however, highly recommend:

    Markell and Voge's Medical Parasitology

    By: David T. John, William A. Petri, William A. Petri

    Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

    Pub. Date: January 2006

    ISBN-13: 9780721647937

    Sales Rank: 190,699


    Edition Number: 9

  • Course Schedule

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

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