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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 6 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Emphasizes biology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of diseases caused by human viruses. Discusses virus interaction with host, diagnostic methodologies, immunization, and treatment of viral infections. Examines relationships between viral infections and oncogenesis such as hepatitis/liver cancer, HPV/cervical cancer, EBV/lymphoma, and HTLV/leukemia. Also covers biology and natural history of major viral families such as retroviruses, rabies, and others.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the common structures and functions of viruses and their components, including genetics, etc
Identify the main steps of viral pathogenesis
Discuss virus-host interactions
Recognize the advantages and limiting factors related to antiviral treatment options
List several viruses and describe the processes by which they can cause cancer
Recall the interaction between viral agents and other factors in the disease pathway
Compare the pathogenesis of retroviruses with other viruses, including the mechanisms of invasion and integration and synthesis of new viral particles
Recognize and describe the issues of treatment, prevention, and future concerns of human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS
Compare and contrast the epidemiology and natural history of other human viral pathogens, including influenza, herpes simplex virus, bovine spongiform encephalitis and others

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on an exam.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Friday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 15
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Content similar to 260.623-624