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Wesley C Van Voorhis
PABIO 600
Seattle Campus

Independent Study or Research

Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Program Adviser. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

The objective of this course is to teach various health science students about the pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment with limited-resources, and resolution of disease conditions that are more commonly seen in less-developed countries or resource-limited settings.

Student learning goals

Syndromic management of tropical diseases

Pathophysiology of tropical diseases

Epidemiology of tropical diseases

General method of instruction

Expert topics in Tropical Medicine with PowerPoint presentations, readings, and a suggested textbook

Recommended preparation

Professional graduate students interested in delivering health care services to people living in tropical climates, less-developed countries, or resource-limited settings. Students should have some general background knowledge of microbiology, disease pathophysiology, and clinical health care, although this is not required. Nursing students, public health students, and second-year (and beyond) medical students would most benefit from this course, though first-year medical students have enjoyed it as preparation for electives abroad. The course has been approved by the School of Medicine for Non-Clinical Selective Credit.

Class assignments and grading

Pass/Fail, a 2 page paper is required near the end of the class.

Attendance and completion of a satisfactory paper leads to a pass.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Wesley C Van Voorhis
Date: 03/13/2007