CLINICAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGIC ASPECTS OF TROPICAL DISEASES Syllabus
David Sack, MD
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 DescriptionDiscusses 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 AudiencePhysicians, 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%).
PrerequisitesUnderstanding of basic biomedical concepts and terminology
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)
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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