340.744.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Homayoon Farzadegan
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • discuss and recommend solutions to HIV/AIDS pandemic world-wide and be conversant in economic and public health impact of HIV / AIDS in a variety of health systems settings
  • Course Description

    Focuses on directed readings and discussion on the science and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS. Covers dynamics of the HIV epidemic in the populated world, difficulties and contrasts between clinical management of HIV/AIDS in developed and developing countries, prevention and control modalities against HIV/AIDS, and predicting patterns of future growth of the HIV/AIDS epidemic with special reference to global economic impact of HIV vaccine and eradication issues of HIV/AIDS.

    The course director is Dr. Homayoon Farzadegan, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  The course teaching assistants are Erin Ewald ( and Emily Hurley ( 

    Each session will have one or two faculty who will provide state of the art knowledge and recent findings on their topic in a 50 - 60 minute presentation.  A group of students will be assigned to provide questions for class discussion on the topic for the remainder of the session.  Classes will be held in E6519.

  • Intended Audience

    Students from any concentration or degree program interested in a cutting-edge look  at the biological, epidemiological, social and behavioral issues related to HIV/AIDS are encouraged to enroll in this course.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation is based on: 


    a.    Attendance/Class participation 25%

    b.    Two Group presentations 25%

    c.     A final paper 50% The topic of the paper needs to be approved by the course faculty. 


    It is highly recommended that you attend all sessions.  Your attendance will be very important in your learning experience. 

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this course.  However, a basic knowledge of HIV biology will be essential to fully appreciating lectures in the Advanced HIV/AIDS course. This course is recommended to students who have taken the “Epidemiology and Public Health Impacts of HIV/AIDS” (340.646.01) and will provide additional and more advanced knowledge to those who have taken the introductory HIV/AIDS course (340.646). 

  • Required Text(s)

    No textbook is required for this course.  Students will be assigned a recommended list of reading materials including Powerpoints, reference articles and websites related to the lecture topics.  Students are also expected to provide additional references (articles, websites) for group discussions.

  • 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.

  • Course topics




    Mon, Oct 28

    Early Events in Sexual Transmission of HIV

    H. Farzadegan

    Wed, Oct 30

    Cellular Restriction against HIV

    H. Farzadegan

    Mon, Nov 4

    Updates on HIV Vaccine Trials

    C. Anunde

    Wed, Nov 6

    HIV and Viral Hepatitis

    S. Mehta

    Mon, Nov 11

    HIV and Malaria

    M. Davis

    Wed, Nov 13

    Bioethics of HIV Treatment in

    Developing Countries

    C. Krubiner

    Mon, Nov 18

    HIV and HPV

    Final Paper Topics Due

    A. Rostich

    Wed, Nov 20

    HIV and Global Funding

    A. Grosso

    Mon, Nov 25

    HIV in Transgender Communities

    A. McCreary

    Wed, Nov 27

    HIV and Measles

    W. Moss

    Mon, Dec 2

    Basic Principles of Chemoprevention

    C. Hendrix

    Wed, Dec 4

    HIV and TB Co-infection

    J. Golub

    Mon, Dec 9

    Advances in MTCT

    A. Ruff

    Wed, Dec 11

    HIV Prevention in Maryland

    C. Flynn

    Mon, Dec 16

    HIV among MES and CSW in

    Developing Countries

    S. Baral

    Wed, Dec 18

    Overview of HIV/AIDS Prevention

    Final Papers Due

    D. Celentano


  • Contact Information

    Course Director:

    Homayoon Farzadegan, PhD

    Phone: (410) 955-3786



    Teaching Assistants:

    Erin Ewald



    Emily Hurley





  • Course Objectives

    The course objectives for this course can be aligned with the four modules into which lecture topics are divided. After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:


    1.            Understand basic science of recent discoveries of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis.

    2.            Discuss new targets for anti-HIV drugs and long-term side effects of current drugs.

    3.            Recognize and describe the impact of co-infections with other microbial infection on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and pathogenesis.

    4.            Discuss the latest advances in chemopreventive measures against HIV infection.

    5.            Review the impact of novel behavioral change programs.

    6.            Describe the evidence for and against newer prevention interventions.

    7.            Review the current state of the HIV pandemic with a focus on countries with burgeoning HIV epidemics.

    8.            Understand some of the complex social issues surrounding HIV/AIDS including the role of race, sexuality and human rights.

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