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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 1 credits
Contact: Anna Durbin
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Year-long series of bi-weekly seminars (total 16 seminars, 4 per term) on vaccine research against infectious diseases of global importance including AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, childhood illnesses, and many others. Economic, political, and ethical dimensions of vaccine R&D are also covered. Seminars are presented by leading vaccine experts at JHU and other institutions. Series provides the student with an understanding of the pathways leading to development and utilization of vaccines with public health impact.

Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to: 1) describe the key barriers along the process of research, development, testing, evaluation, acquisition, and distribution of vaccines; 2) cite specific examples of how financial and political factors interact with scientific issues to affect governmental and industry prioritization about vaccine development; and 3) describe how stakeholder motives (investor, corporate, public health agency, individual) can influence the fate of a vaccine R&D project.

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on attendance and class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 5:30 - 7:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail