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Evolution of Infectious Disease


East Baltimore
1st term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Sabra Klein

Introduces students to the concept of how bacteria, parasites, viruses and even fungi have evolved and are still evolving to persist, emerge, and re-emerge in both the developed and developing world. Enables public health workers to develop new strategies and approaches that can be used to aid in the control of the major infectious disease epidemics that continue to threaten both the developed and developing world.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply knowledge of the genetic bases of evolution to a discussion of the pathogenesis of infectious diseases
  2. Apply principles of the molecular basis of evolution in a discussion of how pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi, persist or have emerged as major public health threats
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the molecular basis of evolution for discussion of how pathogens are transmitted from animal reservoirs to humans
  4. Explain the ecological connections among humans, vectors, and the environment that impact persistence and emergence of infectious diseases in humans
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Group Work
  • 10% Participation
  • 60% Paper(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required