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Infectious Diseases and Child Survival

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Andy Ruff

Reviews the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in the developed and developing world, and introduces intervention strategies. Reviews infectious disease problems contributing to childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide, including (but not limited to) HIV, TB, hepatitis, diarrheal disease, ARI, helminth infections, and measles. Emphasizes epidemiology, strategies for prevention and control, and differences between developed and developing countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the major infectious causes of pediatric morbidity and mortality
  2. Describe factors (including biologic factors such as age and gender) associated with the epidemiology, manifestations and outcome of major childhood infectious diseases
  3. Describe current methods available to control or prevent these diseases
  4. Contrast control/prevention measures used in the developed and developing world
  5. Give a concise, coherent presentation on a course-related topic to faculty and peers
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on an oral presentation, 2 quizzes, a take-home mid-term examination and class participation.

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Background in international health or maternal and child health recommended but not required.