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Special Topics in Vaccine Science

East Baltimore
2nd term
International Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Anita Shet

Offers a series of seminars (4 per term) on research and access of vaccine against infectious diseases of global importance including COVID-19, emerging infections, childhood illnesses, and other important vaccine-preventable illnesses. Covers scientific, social, economic, political, and ethical dimensions of vaccine research, development and access. Includes leading vaccine experts at JHU, and from other institutions, organizations, government agencies and industry present seminars. Provides the student with an understanding of the pathways leading to development and utilization of vaccines with public health impact.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain issues of global access to vaccines, including factors such as disease burden, population inequities, demand and access issues with respect to vaccines
  2. Describe the key barriers along the process of research, development, testing, evaluation, acquisition, and distribution of vaccines
  3. Cite specific examples of how social, political and economic factors interact with scientific issues to affect governmental and industry prioritization about vaccine development and distribution.
  4. Describe how stakeholder motives (investor, corporate, public health agency, individual) can influence the fate of a vaccine research and development project
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Reflection

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required for all students

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This is the virtual/online section of a course also held onsite. Only students who have barriers to attend in person are to attend synchronously. You must commit to the modality in which you register.