340.651.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
W 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Kenrad Nelson
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Demonstrate clear Discussing of the major factors leading to he Emergence of new infectious diseases , or Re-emergence of Infectious diseases in Humans
    • Describe and discuss the means of transmission and reservoirs of several new emergent infections in humans and how data pertaining to the\means of transmission and reservoir of these newly emergent infectious diseases were obtained and interpreted
    • Evaluate the positive features and limitations of various methods to control or prevent the emergence of infectious diseases
  • Course Description
    Presents, describes and analyzes the factors related to the emergence of infectious diseases, new and old, that have emerged as important public health problems, or which have the potential for major epidemic spread. Possible methods for the rapid recognition, prevention, and control are explained.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This course is designed to explore the factors promoting the emergence of new infectious diseases and the re-emergence of some of the more traditional infections. The course will evaluate agent, host, environmental and ecological factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Methods of surveillance and early recognition of several important emerging infections will be discussed. Lecturers with considerable experience in the investigation of specific emerging infections will discuss the issues specific emerging infections. Following each one hour lecture, students will present and discuss a paper describing an investigation of an Emerging Infection.

  • Intended Audience
    Epidemiology and International Health students
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on a paper reviewing an emerging infection.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This course can be taken for credit (letter grade or pass/fail) or audited.  Grades will be based on class participation (40%), including presentation of a paper for class discussion, and an 8-12 page paper (60%) which reviews the epidemiology and/or prevention of an emerging infection. 


    Presentations: Students must sign up for a topic/paper on the first day of the course and coordinate with other students to present and discuss the paper(s) on the assigned date.  


    Paper:  Students must select an emerging infection of interest (does not have to be a topic covered in lectures) and write an 8-12 page paper discussing the disease and factors related to its emergence.  This paper is to be completed individually and referenced appropriately.  Please submit the paper no later than 5PM on the second to last day of class, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   Submit papers to the CoursePlus Dropbox in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format, double-spaced, in a 12-point font with 1.5-inch margins for legibility.  E-mailed papers will not be accepted without prior authorization from the instructors.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Selected articles will be placed on the course website

    Text: Emerging Infections, Krause R., Academic Press 1998. (recommended)

    See syllabus for more selected references.

  • 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.

  • Welcome Message



    During the 20th century many of the classical infectious diseases have been controlled because of the development of improved food and water supplies, sewage disposal, vaccines, antibiotics and improved standard of living in the United States. However, despite the dramatic reduction in infectious disease mortality and the addition of about 30 years to the life span in the past century, major new infectious diseases have appeared. Diseases such as AIDS, Legionnaires disease, Toxic Shock Syndrome, Hanta virus pulmonary syndrome, E. Coli 0157:H7, new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Ebola virus, Dengue, Rift Valley Fever, SARS and other new infectious diseases have been recognized and become epidemic with increasing frequency. Additionally, older existing well known infectious diseases have expanded and become global health problems. Disease such as influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, Dengue, West Nile virus, SARS and cholera have increased and spread in many countries. More recently the specter of intentional introduction of infectious diseases, such as Anthrax, due to bioterrorism has become a reality. What needs to be done now to recognize and control such infectious diseases in the future?
  • Course topics

    Topics covered in the course in 2014 will include: Dengue, West Nile Virus, MERS Co-V and SARS, Cholera, Zoonotic Transmission of Antimicrobial-Resistance (e.g. of Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus), Influenza, and Prions and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).

  • Guest Lecturers

    Scott Halstead, MD

    Doug Norris, PhD

    Derek Cummings, PhD

    David Sack, MD

    Ellen Silbergeld, PhD

    David Morens, MD

    Richard Johnson, MD

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    To increase awareness and understanding among public health students about the factors associated with the emergence of infectious diseases.

  • 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.