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Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases

2nd term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Kawsar Talaat

Introduction to Online Learning; Understanding of basic biomedical concepts and terminology


Take this course if you want to become more familiar with the diseases that affect those in tropical and developing countries, and if you want an introduction to the neglected tropical diseases. The course is especially appropriate for students who plan a career involving health care in developing countries.

Focuses on infectious diseases that disproportionately affect those in developing countries. Some of these are major killers, others are neglected tropical diseases not covered in other courses. Discusses the epidemiological and clinical aspects of each disease, including diagnosis and treatment. Students will have been introduced to the major infectious diseases that are prevalent and of public health importance in tropical and developing countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize and cite examples of the major infectious diseases that are prevalent and of public health importance in tropical and developing countries
  2. Differentiate the clinical presentations of many of the tropical diseases of public health importance, including their modes of transmission, geographic distribution, means of diagnosis and modes of treatment
  3. Appraise and assemble the resources available for gathering information on other tropical diseases
  4. Evaluate the general recommendations for travelers visiting developing countries where transmission of tropical diseases is a risk
  5. Debate programmatic strategies for improved disease control of select agents
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on quizzes, a final exam, journal club discussions, and participation.  The breakdown of grading is as follows: Three Quizzes (Quiz 1, 15% Quiz 2, 15%, Quiz 3 20%), Group Exercise (35%), Participation (includes lecture viewing, LiveTalk attendance, Discussion Forum) (15%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate students only. Undergraduates must take course 223.682.60

Instructor Consent:

No consent required