223.682.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information

    David Sack, MD
    Office: E5537
    Tel: 443-287-8795

    Margaret Kosek, MD

    Kawsar Talaat, MD

    TA: Sean Galagan

    TA office hours by appointment

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Discuss the major infectious diseases that are prevalent and of public health importance in tropical and developing countries.
    • the clinical presentations of many of the tropical diseases of public health importance, including their modes of transmission, geographic distribution, means of diagnosis and modes of treatment
    • the resources available for gathering information on other tropical diseases not covered in the course
    • the general recommendations for travelers visiting developing countries where transmission of tropical diseases is a risk
  • Course Description
    Discusses major parasitic, viral, and bacterial diseases of developing countries. Presents clinical aspects of the disease, including diagnosis and treatment, and epidemiological aspects.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Lectures will describe the clinical and epidemioloigcal aspects of many tropical infectious diseases.  However, the course cannot cover all tropical diseases; thus, students will be expected to learn how to learn about other such diseases.  In addition to learning from the lectures, students will critique and present selected peer reviewed papers to their classmates.  Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions during the class. There will be frequent quizzes designed to reinforce the lecture material and keep students up to date with the progress of their learning.  In addition, there will be a final exam, but no mid-term exam. 

  • Intended Audience
    Physicians, nurses, public health professionals, and others who are involved in public health programs.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading will consist of 8 in-class short answer quizzes (40% -  5% each), class participation including breakout sessions (15%), journal club presentations (20%), and a final exam (25%).



  • Prerequisites
    Understanding of basic biomedical concepts and terminology
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, David L Heyman Editor.  Published by APHA.  (2004 or 2008 edition).

    (Used volumes are quite inexpensive 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.

  • Contact Information
    David Sack
    R. Bradley Sack
    Kawsar Talaat
    Margaret Kosek
  • Disability Support Services
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