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Vaccine Development and Application


2nd term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Ruth Karron
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Reviews the processes used to evaluate all aspects of vaccine development and the use of immunizations for disease prevention. Emphasizes in-depth understanding of vaccines successfully introduced into routine immunization schedules. Discusses procedures and oversight at each step in the process, including post-licensure policy making and monitoring for safety and effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe vaccines that are currently in use throughout the world or vaccines for which licensure is likely within the near future
  2. Discuss the processes involved in developing vaccines including: discuss and data needed, and decision-making at each step
  3. Discuss problems that can occur at each step in the process of making vaccines
  4. Discuss the different types of vaccines including the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type
  5. Discuss the process of developing and revising guidelines for the use of vaccines
  6. Learn where up-to-date information on vaccines and guidelines for their use can be found
  7. Examine and differentiate the types, the processes of development, and the guidelines of use for globally-available public health interventions including vaccines
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Quizzes
  • 35% Midterm
  • 35% Final Exam

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students must listen to a one-hour online lecture during the week at their convenience.