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Department: Extradepartmental
Term: Summer term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: George Korch
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015

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):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the molecular, cellular, and physiological bases of selected human diseases and conditions
Describe the ecological principles that determine the distribution of infectious disease in human populations
Explain the role of genetic determinants in human disease and disease susceptibility
Describe biological principles that underlie the development of disease prevention, control, and management programs
Describe biological principles that underlie risk assessment from potentially hazardous agents and behaviors

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