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260.855.01 Pandemics of the 20Th Century


Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
3rd term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 2:20pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:

120.602 Introduction to Molecular Biology OR 260.623 Fundamental Virology


Focuses on major pandemics in the human population that have occurred in the 20th century: the 1918 influenza pandemic; the emergence of HIV; the severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-03; and viral hepatitis (hepatitis B and C viruses). For each pandemic, discussion groups cover a clinical-, public health- and pathogen-oriented reading topic in order to give students a broad understanding of the overall importance of each, as well as to compare and contrast the key aspects of each disease. Focuses on acute and chronic diseases, as well as diseases with different routes of transmission and incubation times between infection and disease. Provides a comprehensive overview of how each pandemic emerged, what key factors dictated spread in the population, and how each pathogen induced disease.

Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated on their preparation and presentation of reading assignments and participation in discussion. Every student will participate in both a presentation and class discussions.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required