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Epidemiology and Public Health Impact of HIV and AIDS

2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Homayoon Farzadegan

Introduction to Online Learning.


Provides an overview of the historical and public health aspects of the AIDS epidemic with review and analysis of virology, immunology, clinical and laboratory manifestations, legal issues, clinical management, coinfection, economic impact, and needs for future research and intervention for global control of the HIV epidemic.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply knowledge in the biological and genetic basis of HIV infection and host response in the human body
  2. Recognize and compare HIV/AIDS epidemics at the global level
  3. Explain the basis of clinical management of HIV infection at individual and population levels
  4. Analyze the economics of HIV treatments
  5. Analyze vertical transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their newborns in the U S and other parts of the world
  6. Analyze intervention modalities used to interrupt vertical transmission of HIV
  7. Predict future issues and trends of HIV/AIDS by discussing the concept of HIV candidate vaccines (biology, genetics, uptake, and dispersal), the economic burden of HIV/AIDS in the world, and the future projections of HIV/AIDS cases during the upcoming decade
  8. Identify and discuss several HIV-1 co-infection with other important infectious agents
  9. Compare risk factors for HIV infection and the behavioral interventions for prevention of HIV infection
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Self-assessments
  • 25% Group Presentation
  • 35% Final Paper
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required