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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Neal Halsey
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
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):

The principal objective of this course is to train public health professionals in the detailed process of developing, preparing, evaluating, and using vaccines. The course will be of most value to individuals who are interested in conducting research in vaccines or working in applied public health programs evaluating the safety and effectiveness of immunizations and immunization programs. The emphasis of this course will be on vaccines that are currently in use throughout the world or vaccines for which licensure is likely within the near future. 1) To gain an understanding of the processes involved in developing vaccines including: knowledge and data needed, and decision-making at each step; 2) to understand problems that can occur at each step in the process of making vaccines; 3) to understand the different types of vaccines including the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type; 4) to understand the process of developing and revising guidelines for the use of vaccines; 5) to learn where up-to-date information on vaccines and guidelines for their use can be found; and 6) to provide an opportunity to gain greater in-depth knowledge of an individual vaccine (Special Studies).

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