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Vaccine Development and Application

2nd term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Neal Halsey

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


Reviews the processes used to evaluate all aspects of vaccine development and the use of immunizations for disease prevention. Emphasizes in-depth understanding of vaccines successfully introduced into routine immunization schedules. Discusses procedures and oversight at each step in the process, including post-licensure policy making and monitoring for safety and effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe vaccines that are currently in use throughout the world or vaccines for which licensure is likely within the near future
  2. Discuss the processes involved in developing vaccines including: discuss and data needed, and decision-making at each step
  3. Discuss problems that can occur at each step in the process of making vaccines
  4. Discuss the different types of vaccines including the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type
  5. Discuss the process of developing and revising guidelines for the use of vaccines
  6. learn where up-to-date information on vaccines and guidelines for their use can be found
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on two mid-term exams and a final proctored exam. Students have the option of preparing a short paper critiquing the advisory guidelines to count as 20% of the final grade.

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required