340.654.01 Epidemiology and Natural History of Human Viral Infections
- 3rd term
- 6 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2017 - 2018
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- M W F, 1:30 - 3:20pm
General biology and introductory epidemiology.
Emphasizes biology, epidemiology and pathogenesis of diseases caused by human viruses. Discusses virus interaction with host, diagnostic methodologies, immunization and treatment of viral infections. Examines relationships between oncogenesis and viral infections, such as Hepatitis/liver cancer, HPV/cervical cancer, EBV/Burkitt’s lymphoma and HTLV/leukemia. Covers the biology and natural history of major viral families (such as retroviruses, rabies, and others). Also covers Prion diseases, which are similar to, but not viral infections.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe the common structures and functions of viruses and their components, including genetics.
- Identify the main steps of viral pathogenesis
- Discuss virus-host interactions
- Recognize the advantages and limiting factors related to antiviral treatment options
- List several viruses and describe the processes by which they can cause cancer
- Recall the interaction between viral agents and other factors in the disease pathway
- Compare the pathogenesis of retroviruses with other viruses, including the mechanisms of invasion and integration and synthesis of new viral particles
- Recognize and describe the issues of treatment, prevention, and future concerns of human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS
- Compare and contrast the epidemiology and natural history of other human viral pathogens, including influenza, herpes simplex virus, bovine spongiform encephalitis and others
- Methods of Assessment:
Mid-term exam 25%, Final exam 25%, Presentation and Discussion 25%, and Attendance and Participation 25%.
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
Content similar to 260.623-624