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550.630.01 PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY

Department:
Extradepartmental
Term:
1st term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Barry Zirkin
Course Instructors:

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Prerequisite:

A modern, college-level course in biology.

Description:

Discusses the molecular, cellular, physiological, genetic and immunological determinants of human diseases and disease susceptibility, including infectious disease, nutritional deficiencies, reproductive and developmental anomalies, and effects of exposures to toxic environmental agents. Explores ecological principles that determine the distribution of infectious disease in human populations, and how principles of the human immune system provide the rationale for methods of immunization. Focuses how biological principles help to understand the development, treatment and prevention of disease, and to assess risk from potentially hazardous agents and behaviors.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the molecular, cellular, and physiological bases of selected human diseases and conditions.
  2. Describe the ecological principles that determine the distribution of infectious disease in human populations.
  3. Explain the role of genetic determinants in human disease and disease susceptibility.
  4. Describe biological principles that underlie the development of disease prevention, control, and management programs.
  5. Describe biological principles that underlie risk assessment from potentially hazardous agents and behaviors.
Methods of Assessment:

Students are evaluated by in-class midterm and final examinations. The information comes from class content, and so attendance is important.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

Fulfills a core biology requirement of the MPH program.