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Epidemiology and Public Health Impact of HIV and AIDS

1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Homayoon Farzadegan

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, an understanding of basic science concepts and biology will be assumed. Basic epidemiologic principles and other quantitative skills will prove handy in understanding the distribution of the disease and in interpreting research findings.


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:

  • 30% Midterm
  • 30% Group Presentation
  • 30% Final Exam
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required