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223.665.81 INFECTION, IMMUNITY AND UNDERNUTRITION: INTERACTIONS AND EFFECTS

Department: International Health
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Christian Coles
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Reviews current data on the metabolic, physiologic and endocrinological events that comprise, the acute phase responses of the body to infection. Discusses the detrimental impact of these, responses on nutrient intake, metabolism, absorptions, and losses. Examines the deleterious effects of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies on host barrier defenses, innate,, mucosal, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, and pathogen virulence. Evaluates the influence of nutritional status on responses to vaccination and antimicrobial therapy.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
describe the impact of infectious diseases on nutritional status
explain the general effects of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies on host immunity and the impact on immunity to the major infectious causes of child morbidity and mortality
Discuss the implications for the control of pediatric infectious diseases in low income countries

Methods of Assessment: Web-based quizzes on course readings (10%), web-based student presentations through live talk sessions (50%) and web-based final examination (40%)
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.. A basic knowledge of immunology and nutrition is desirable.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail