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Vector-Borne Diseases in the Tropics

East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Mon 07/15/2019 - Fri 07/19/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30am - 5:20pm
Lab Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30am - 5:30pm
    Lab is held in Basement Wet Lab, WB 506-10
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Lisa Nance

Bachelors degree, and a higher degree in fields as nursing, engineering, biological/social sciences strongly recommended.


Focuses on vector-borne diseases prominent in tropical infections. Areas of emphasis are global epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical presentations, pathophysiology, and treatment of microorganisms as well as characterization and control of vectors. Laboratory sessions integrate clinical cases and pathology. Principal diseases covered include malaria, African and American trypansomiasis, leishmaniasis, filariasis, yellow fever, dengue, hemorrhagic fevers, Bartonella, Lyme, Rickettsial, plague and toxoplasmosis.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify key vector-borne diseases for the tropics
  2. Recognize the clinical presentation, treatment, epidemiology, and control of dengue, hemorrhagic fevers, and other arboviral infections, including malaria
  3. Discuss the biology, global distribution, etiology, transmission, impact, diagnosis, treatment and control of vector borne diseases relevant to the tropics, such as yellow fever, typhus, trypanosomes, leishmaniasis, filariasis and Onchoceriasis, Borrel
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Midterm
  • 40% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: