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Department: Extradepartmental
Term: Summer term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: George Korch
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013

Offers an integrative molecular and biological perspective on public health problems. Explores population biology and ecological principles underlying public health and reviews molecular biology in relation to public health biology. Modules focus on specific diseases of viral, bacterial, and environmental origin. Uses specific examples of each type to develop the general principles that govern interactions among susceptible organisms and etiologic agents. Devotes special attention to factors that act in reproduction and development. Places emphasis on common elements encountered in these modules. These may include origin and dissemination of drug resistance, organization and transmission of virulence determinants, modulation of immune responses, disruption of signal transduction pathways, and perturbation of gene expression. Also considers the role of the genetic constitution of the host.

Learning Objective(s):

1. List and explain the biological principles required to understand the distribution of infectious and non-infectious diseases of public health importance, the current research related to public health problems, and the methods for the prevention and control of disease 2. Illustrate the application of biological principles in attacks on diseases of public health significance 3. Highlight areas of public health where recent biological research is likely to be of particular importance

Methods of Assessment: Completion of exercises, participation in "live talk" sessions, mid-term and final exams
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments: Content similar to 550.630.01