John B. Lynch
Focuses on the nexus between emerging infections and increasing globalization of the world due to the mobility of people and goods. Examines emergent events through risk factors and associated macro changes implicated in their genesis. Reviews microbial evolutionary strategies and factors of emergence. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered: jointly with HSERV 536.
The emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases is not a random process- there are often identifiable factors contributing to these events. While some factors are modifiable and some are not, efforts to prevent and control infectious diseases depend upon understanding these factors to deal with current and future infectious diseases. The course will focus on the overlap of infectious disease epidemiology and increasing globalization. We well examine and review risk factors, macro changes, evolutionary strategies and other factors of emergence.
Student learning goals
Describe and understand candidate emerging infectious diseases
Describe the role of globalization, trade, migration in the emergence of infectious diseases
Understand the roles of public health and medicine in both emergence and control of infectious diseases
Describe representative and recent outbreaks, epidemics that are linked to globalization
Understand the role of vectors in infectious disease transmission, including food and insects
Understand how healthcare interventions contribute to emergence of infectious diseases
General method of instruction
Lecture, class discussion, reading papers, small group project
Graduate student standing
Class assignments and grading
1. Class participation and reading 2. Small group project 3. Take home exam
33% for each of the above elements