223.662.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 5:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Ruth Karron
    Laura Hammitt
    Teaching Assistants
    Amber Cox
    Jessica Atwell
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe vaccines that are currently in use throughout the world or vaccines for which licensure is likely within the near future
    • Discuss the processes involved in developing vaccines including: discuss and data needed, and decision-making at each step
    • Discuss problems that can occur at each step in the process of making vaccines
    • Discuss the different types of vaccines including the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type
    • Discuss the process of developing and revising guidelines for the use of vaccines
    • learn where up-to-date information on vaccines and guidelines for their use can be found
  • Course Description
    Reviews the processes used to evaluate all aspects of vaccine development and the use of immunizations for disease prevention. Emphasizes in-depth understanding of vaccines successfully introduced into routine immunization schedules. Discusses procedures and oversight at each step in the process, including post-licensure policy making and monitoring for safety and effectiveness.
  • Intended Audience
    Master's and doctoral graduate students
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on quizzes, mid-term exam and a final exam.

  • Required Text(s)

    Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases,

    The Pink Book: Course Textbook

    12th Edition Second Printing (May 2012)

    online access:

  • 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


    Amber Cox, TA - Email:


    Jessica Atwell, TA - Email:

  • Office Hours and Tea & Cookies

    TAs will be available during office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm-4:55pm in W2017 before class beginning Thursday October 31, 2013.

  • Grading

    10% Quiz 1: due before class November 4

    10% Quiz 2: due before class November 19

    10% Quiz 3: due before class December 10

    35% Midterm: Take distributed November 21, due by 5pm November 27

    35% Final exam: Distributed December 12,

    Due Thursday 5pm December 19th for graduating students, Due Sunday 5pm December 29 for all others

  • 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