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Tropical Medicine and Parasitology


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Mon 07/20/2020 - Fri 07/31/2020
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Carolina Cardona
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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


Provides a broad overview of select tropical medicine and public health issues. Highlights specific tropical diseases and case studies stressing diagnosis, treatment, and implementation of preventive and control measures. Introduces students to clinical tropical medicine and travel medicine. Specific topics include the etiology, biology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of enteritides, intestinal protozoa and helminths, cysticercosis and hydatid disease, hepatitis, viral and arboviral infections, and malaria. Sessions include practical lab experience in parasitology and diagnosis. Prepares students working with current and emerging health problems in developing countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of several major tropical diseases, including malaria, TB and the neglected tropical diseases
  2. List preventive and control measures for diseases in the tropics
  3. Recognize major protozoal and worm pathogens as presented in laboratory specimens
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 90% Exam(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

The course will move to a virtual format in half day sessions using Zoom during two weeks. Students are expected to use a laptop computer with working WIFI/Internet access. Instructors reserve the right to cancel if minimum enrollment is not met.