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Domestic Immigrant Health Issues and Emerging Diseases


2nd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Robert Gilman

Do you have an interest in emerging diseases and immigrant health?

Learn more about the factors affecting emerging diseases and health issues among immigrant populations in the United States.

Focuses on diseases prominent in domestic immigrant populations. Areas of emphasis are epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical presentations, pathophysiology, strategies for treatment and control, and effects on immigrant populations. Principal diseases covered include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Cysticercosis, Chagas, and Malaria. Covers how the U.S. handles emerging diseases such as Ebola, Nipah, and Zika (e.g., Ebola in volunteers, etc). Examines special topics such as the effects of climate change on infectious disease.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the major diseases of domestic immigrant populations such as TB, HIV, Cysticercosis, Chagas, and Malaria
  2. Characterize strategies for treatment and control of these diseases in immigrant settings
  3. Evaluate the effect of these diseases on domestic immigrant populations, how this has changed over time (due to climate change, migration patterns, etc), and how to best address domestic immigrant health issues going forward
Methods of Assessment:

40% midterm
50% final
10% participation (attendance and participation in group discussion)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required