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260.650.01 VECTOR BIOLOGY AND VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES

Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Douglas Norris
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
Description:

Presents principles of transmission of human and animal pathogens by insects, mites and ticks. Discusses basic arthropod biology with special attention to biological properties of vectors and their interactions with pathogens. Discusses basic components of arbopathogen disease cycles and principles of pathogen transmission dynamics. Discusses major groups of arthropod-borne pathogens and vectors. Special topics will include emergent pathogens, vector genetics, traditional and modern disease control strategies and venomous arthropods.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe individual components of vector-borne disease transmission using specific examples
Describe current emergent arthropod-borne infectious diseases
Describe and evaluate vector-borne pathogen control measures
Describe conditions leading to evolution of resistance in arthropods and the pathogens they vector, and methods to manage the development of resistance
Understand the ecological components of arthropod-borne disease transmission

Methods of Assessment: Based on mid-term, final exam, and short paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 9:50
  • Thursday 8:30 - 9:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail