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Infectious Diseases and Child Survival

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Andy Ruff

Reviews the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in the developed and developing world, and introduces intervention strategies. Reviews infectious disease problems contributing to childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide, including (but not limited to) HIV, TB, hepatitis, diarrheal disease, ARI, helminth infections, and measles. Emphasizes epidemiology, strategies for prevention and control, and differences between developed and developing countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the major infectious causes of pediatric morbidity and mortality
  2. Describe factors (including biologic factors such as age and gender) associated with the epidemiology, manifestations and outcome of major childhood infectious diseases
  3. Assess and recommend interventions to prevent and control major causes of morbidity and mortality (or their risk factors), in low-and middle income settings and under-resourced populations
  4. Use knowledge of biological and socioeconomic factors in global epidemiology to inform prevention and/or mitigation of a disease or condition in a disadvantaged population
  5. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content from, both in writing and through oral presentation
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 35% Midterm Paper
  • 35% Group Project(s)
  • 15% Quizzes

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

MSPH GDEC students are automatically approved. All other students must request approval

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Background in international health or maternal and child health recommended but not required. MSPH GDEC students are automatically approved. All other students must request approval