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Special Topics in Vaccine Science

2nd term
International Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor s:
Anita Shet

Series of seminars (4 per term) on vaccine research against infectious diseases of global importance including AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, childhood illnesses, and many others. Economic, political, and ethical dimensions of vaccine R&D are also covered. Seminars are presented by leading vaccine experts at JHU, from industry and other institutions. Series provides the student with an understanding of the pathways leading to development and utilization of vaccines with public health impact.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the key barriers along the process of research, development, testing, evaluation, acquisition, and distribution of vaccines
  2. Cite specific examples of how financial and political factors interact with scientific issues to affect governmental and industry prioritization about vaccine development
  3. Describe how stakeholder motives (investor, corporate, public health agency, individual) can influence the fate of a vaccine R&D project
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on attendance and class participation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required