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Intestinal Infections in the Tropics

East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 07/22/2019 - Fri 07/26/2019
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 Instructor :
Lisa Nance

Bachelors with higher degree in fields as nursing, engineering, biological/social sciences.


Provides an overview of the epidemiology, presentation, and effects of microbial, protozoan, and viral intestinal infections, including Salmonella, Shigella, cholera, typhoid, rotavirus, amebiasis, dysentery, H. pylori, Campylobacter, Cryptopsoridium, Cyclospora, and Giardia. Clinical presentation, life cycle, distribution, prevention, and treatment of intestinal helminthes, including Ascaris, Trichuris, Strongyloides, and hookworm are addressed. Interactions between parasites, diarrhea, and malnutrition, are addressed, along with treatment, prevention and control strategies, and oral rehydration therapy. Cysticercosis and hydatid disease are also be covered. Includes laboratory sessions and practical lab experience.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of several major tropical intestinal diseases
  2. List public health preventive and control measures for the major intestinal diseases in the tropics
  3. Recognize important protozoal and worm pathogens as presented in laboratory specimens
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required