260.855.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 1 Credit(s)
W 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. Critically evaluate scientific literature on clinical, public health and basic science aspects of major 20th century pandemics. 2. Comprehensively describe how new diseases emerge into the human population. 3. Construct a good oral presentation.
  • Course Description

    Focuses on major pandemics in the human population that have occurred in the 20th century: the 1918 influenza pandemic; the emergence of HIV; the severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-03; and viral hepatitis (hepatitis B and C viruses). For each pandemic, discussion groups cover a clinical-, public health- and pathogen-oriented reading topic in order to give students a broad understanding of the overall importance of each, as well as to compare and contrast the key aspects of each disease. Focuses on acute and chronic diseases, as well as diseases with different routes of transmission and incubation times between infection and disease. Provides a comprehensive overview of how each pandemic emerged, what key factors dictated spread in the population, and how each pathogen induced disease.

  • Intended Audience

    PhD, ScM, MHS and MPH (ID concentration programs) students whose primary affiliation is MMI

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Students will be evaluated on their preparation and presentation of reading assignments and participation in discussion. Every student will participate in both a presentation and class discussions.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    120.602 Introduction to Molecular Biology OR 260.623 Fundamental Virology

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.