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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Neal Halsey
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

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.

Learning Objective(s):
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

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on two mid-term exams and a final proctored exam. Students have the option of preparing a short paper critiquing the advisory guidelines to count as 20% of the final grade.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Restricted to graduate students.
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail