EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT OF HIV AND AIDS Syllabus

340.646.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Homayoon Farzadegan
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Establish a knowledge base on basic science of HIV infection and host response
    • Recognize and compare HIV/AIDS epidemics at the global level
    • Explain the basis of clinical management of HIV infection at individual and population levels
    • Analyze the economic impact of HIV treatments
    • Analyze the economic impact of HIV treatments
    • Analyze vertical transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their newborns in the U S and other parts of the world
    • Analyze critical transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their newborns in the U.S. and other parts of the world
    • Analyze intervention modalities used to interrupt vertical transmission of HIV
    • Discuss several aspects of legal issues in the HIV/AIDS field
    • Predict future issues and trends of HIV/AIDS by Discussing the concept of HIV candidate vaccines, the economic burden of HIV/AIDS in the world, and the future projections of HIV/AIDS cases during the upcoming decade
  • Course Description

    Provides an overview of the historical and public health aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with review and analysis of virology; immunology; clinical and laboratory manifestations; legal and ethical issues; economic impact; and needs for future research and intervention for global control of the HIV epidemic.
     

    This course will focus on the epidemiology of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS. Current knowledge of biology, virology, epidemiology and clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS will be reviewed. Descriptive, analytical and experimental studies will be critically reviewed to provide a synthesis of our current understanding of this infectious disease. 

  • Intended Audience

    Students from any concentration or degree program interested in an introduction to the biological, epidemiological and social issues related to HIV/AIDS are encouraged to enroll in this course.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on class participation and exams.

    20% In-class presentation related to lecture topic

    40% Midterm

    40% Final

     

    There will be a mid-term exam on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and a final exam on Thursday, October 24, 2013. The exams will be given based on information covered in the lectures, assignments and any required readings assigned throughout the course.  Please contact the TAs as soon as possible if you have a known conflict with the exam dates.

     

    It is highly recommended that you attend all lectures. The first 90 minutes of each session is reserved for presentations by faculty members followed by a 5 minute break and then 20-25 minutes for group presentation/discussion.

     

    Group work is comprised of a Power Point presentation (approximately 10 slides) and a class discussion led by the group.

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this course. However, an understanding of basic science concepts and biology will be assumed. Basic epidemiologic principles and other quantitative skills will prove handy in understanding the distribution of the disease and in interpreting research findings.

  • Required Text(s)

    Recommended Textbooks:

    • AIDS Update 2013. G Stine, McGraw Hill, New York, 2013
    • AIDS: The Biological Basis 6th edition. B Weeks, IE Alcamo, Jones & Bartlett Pub, Sudbury, Mass., 2013

    Please note: These texts are NOT required. Each chapter does not necessarily correspond to a lecture topic. They are listed here for students who wish to review a particular topic in depth.   

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  • 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.

  • TA Office Hours

    TAs will hold office hours on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 PM in rooms specified on the "TA Office Hours" document in the General Folder. Offfice hours will also be available by appointment if necessary. 

     

     

     

  • Contact Information

    Course Faculty:

    Homayoon Farzadegan, PhD
    Email: hfarzade@jhsph.edu
    Tel: 410-955-3786

    Guest Speakers:

    Craig Hendrix, MD
    Email: chendrix@jhmi.edu
    Office: Room 502 Harvey
    Tel: 410-955-9708

    Ronald Gray, M.D
    Email: rgray@jhsph.edu
    Office: Room E4132
    Tel: 410-955-7818

    Taha Taha, MBBS, PhD
    Email: ttaha@jhsph.edu
    Office: E-7138
    Tel: 410-614-5255

    Richard Moore, MD, MHS
    Email: rdmoore@jhmi.edu
    Tel: (410) 955-2144

    David Holtgrave, PhD
    Email: dholtgra@jhsph.edu
    Tel: 410-502-4076

    Susan Sherman, PhD, MPH
    Email: ssherman@jhsph.edu
    Office: E6543
    Tel: 410-614-3518

    David Dowdy, MD, PhD, ScM
    Email: ddowdy@jhsph.edu
    Office: E6531
    Tel: 410-614-5022

    Stephen Gange, PhD
    Email: sgange@jhsph.edu
    Office: Room: E-7010
    Tel: 410-614-1277

    Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD
    Email: rsiliciano@jhmi.edu
    Tel: 410-955-2958

     

    Teaching Assistants:

    Erin Ewald (TA)
    Email: eewald@jhsph.edu

    Jim Aizire (TA)
    Email: jaizire@jhsph.edu

    Paul Sacamano (TA)
    Email: psacaman@jhsph.edu

    Radha Rajan (TA)
    Email: rrajan@jhsph.edu

  • Course Objectives
    • Establish a knowledge base on basic science of HIV infection and host response
    • Recognize and compare HIV/AIDS epidemics in the USA and at global level
    • Discuss HIV-1 co-infection with other important infectious agents
    • Understand the basis of clinical management of HIV infection at individual and population levels
    • Analyze the economics  of HIV treatments
    • Compare risk factors for HIV infection and the behavioral interventions for prevention of HIV infection
    • Learn intervention modalities used to interrupt mother to child  transmission of HIV
    • Predict future issues and trends of HIV/AIDS by understanding the concept of HIV candidate vaccines, the economic burden of HIV/AIDS in the world, an the future projections of HIV/AIDS cases during the upcoming decade
  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.