EPIDEMIOLOGIC BASIS FOR TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL Syllabus

340.612.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 1:30:00 PM
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  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Jonathan Golub
    Richard Chaisson
    Teaching Assistant
    Liza Bronner
  • Course Description
    Considers subjects and epidemiologic principles relevant to control measures against tuberculosis. Topics include source and interpretation of tuberculin sensitivity; risk factors; prevention by case-finding and treatment, vaccination, and chemoprophylaxis; and elements of control programs in developed and undeveloped areas. Presentation of assigned reading topics provides the basis for group discussions.
  • Course topics

    TB epidemiology; TB and HIV infection; Preventive treatment for latent TB infection; Treatment for TB disease; Molecular tools and tuberculosis; Diagnostic tools for tuberculosis; TB control in developed and developing countries

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the epidemiology of tuberculosis
    • Explain the basic concepts of tuberculosis infection, disease, prevention and treatment, and the correlation between HIV infection and tuberculosis
    • Evaluate tuberculosis literature and apply it to tuberculosis control needs of the present and future in both industrialized and non-industrialized populations
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on participation in presentations and a final paper.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Grading is as follows:

    Final paper: 40% [Paper topic is chosen by the student. Topic should include papers/topics/lectures discussed in course.  Topic must be approved by Course Instructor by March 9].

    Student presentations: 40% [Students are expected to make at least 1 short presentation during the class.  Students are expected to be prepared to present at each class. A 3-5 slide PowerPoint presentation will be prepared by each student during student presentation weeks (n=6).  If a student is not going to be present for class, it is their responsibility to inform the other students who are preparing the same paper.]

    Quizzes: 20% [The primary purpose of these quizzes is to ensure that students understand the most important factual information from that day's lectures and/or presentations. These quizzes will be on the CoursePlus site. The quizzes will be made available within 2-3 days of the lecture/presentations and open through the following Monday at midnight.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Tuberculosis Case-Finding and Chemotherapy: Questions and Answers

    Kurt Toman, recently edited by Tom Frieden

    World Health Organization

    This textbook is NOT required for the course, but provides excellent background information and discusses many of the papers we will discuss in class.  The book is provided as a pdf in its entirety in the online library for the course (and in Session 1).

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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