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 discuss 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
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