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Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Diseases

East Baltimore
3rd term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 9:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Douglas Norris

Presents the principles of transmission of human and animal pathogens by insects, mites and ticks. Covers basic arthropod biology with special attention to biological properties of vectors and their interactions with pathogens, basic components of arbopathogen disease cycles and principles of pathogen transmission dynamics. Special topics include emerging pathogens, vector genetics, traditional and next generation control strategies and venomous arthropods.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe individual components of vector-borne disease transmission using specific examples
  2. Describe current emergent arthropod-borne infectious diseases
  3. Describe and evaluate vector-borne pathogen control measures
  4. Describe biological and genetic conditions and mechanisms leading to evolution of resistance in arthropods and the pathogens they vector, and methods to manage the development of resistance
  5. Explain the ecological components of arthropod-borne disease transmission
  6. Illustrate how all twelve required learning objectives for the BSPH MPH program are integrated into vector biology
  7. Demonstrate how vector biology is integral to our public health history, philosophy and values and identify how the 10 Essential Services apply to vector-borne disease
  8. Describe methods for quantitative and qualitative assessment of population health, and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
  9. Discuss causes of morbidity and mortality, when and where these diseases occur and what populations are affected, environmental, biological and genetic drivers of transmission, and how these are impacted by the social, political and economic climate
  10. Explain how globalization and human behavior are key drivers for many of these emerging pathogens where a One Health approach is necessary, especially in the context of disease transmission systems bridging or jumping from animal to human due to fractures in ecosystem health
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Group Work
  • 60% Exam(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required