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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: David Smith
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
  • David L. Smith

Teaches students the terminology, new methodologies, and outstanding issues that are dominating public discourse of global malaria policy. Discusses the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which endorses global malaria eradication, effectively restating a long-established goal that has not been actively pursued since the Global Malaria Eradication Programme (1955-1969). Educates students about the history of, and current thought about, malaria eradication, starting from a broader discussion of the historical context of disease eradication and examining global and national policies through present day. Specifically focuses on contemporary theory for malaria elimination through discussion and a malaria elimination feasibility assessment: what are the technical requirements for malaria elimination? Does a country have the operational capabilities to eliminate malaria? How can malaria elimination be financed in a sustainable way?

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the historical context for disease eradication in general and malaria eradication in particular
Discuss the moral, political, and economic justification for malaria eradication in relation to alternative policies for malaria and other priorities in health
Demonstrate familiarity with the technical issues required for malaria elimination, both in terms of historical attempts to eliminate malaria and mathematical theory for the dynamics and control of eradication
Identify the operational constraints for elimination in relation to technical challenges
Explain and critically evaluate the challenges of maintaining malaria control or elimination indefinitely

Methods of Assessment: Class participation (20%), multiple choice midterm (40%), and group presentation (40%).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: None
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: none