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Emerging Infections

East Baltimore
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Chris Beyrer

Explores the factors promoting the emergence of new infectious diseases and the re-emergence of some of the more traditional infections. Evaluates agent, host, environmental and ecological factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Presents methods of surveillance and early recognition of several important emerging infections. Lecturers with considerable experience in the investigation of specific emerging infections discuss the issues specific emerging infections. Following each one hour lecture, students present and discuss a paper describing an investigation of an Emerging Infection. Presents, describes, and analyzes the factors related to the emergence of infectious diseases, new and old, that have emerged as important public health problems, or which have the potential for major epidemic spread. Explains possible methods for the rapid recognition, prevention, and control.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Demonstrate clear discussing of the major factors leading to he emergence of new infectious diseases , or re-emergence of infectious diseases in humans
  2. Describe and discuss the means of transmission and reservoirs of several new emergent infections in humans and how data pertaining to the means of transmission and reservoir of these newly emergent infectious diseases were obtained and interpreted
  3. Evaluate the positive features and limitations of various methods to control or prevent the emergence of infectious diseases
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on a paper reviewing an emerging infection.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required