Presents issues related to malaria as a major public health problem. Emphasizes the biology of malaria parasites and factors affecting their transmission to humans by anopheline vectors. Topics include host-parasite-vector relationships; diagnostics; parasite biology; vector biology; epidemiology; host immunity; risk factors associated with infection, human behavior, chemotherapy, and drug resistances; anti-vector measures; vaccine development; and management and policy issues.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: Discuss the complex relationships between host and vector that affect transmission and control; Integrate the host and parasite relationships to understand the immune response, nature of disease, and disease manifestations; Interpret epidemiological indices associated with patterns of malaria transmission; Evaluate different approaches to malaria control through vector control, chemotherapy, and vaccines when they become available; Describe the differences between the various species of Plasmodium affecting humans
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.