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Spring 2011-2012
MOL 425 / WWS 341 (STN)  

Infection: Biology, Burden, Policy

Adel A. Mahmoud
Thomas E. Shenk

This course will examine fundamental determinants of human microbe interaction at the biological and ecological levels. The focus will be on major global infectious diseases, their burden of illness and policy challenges for adequate prevention and control. Each infectious agent will be discussed in terms of its biology, mechanisms of pathogenesis, disease progression, epidemiology, as well as strategies for its control. Specific emphasis will be placed on the public health aspects of each disease.

Sample reading list:
Lederberg, J, Infectious History
Weiss, RA & McMichael, AJ, Social and environmental risk factors
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading materials for each lecture are outlined by instructors; students are expected to review 30-40 pages of reading every week in preparation for class discussions. Suggested starting point for examining the literature for student presentations are included. It is expected that each working team will conduct a thorough examination of relevant sources for class presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MOL101, MOL 214, MOL 215 or permission of instructor..

Other information:
Student participation in discussions will be encouraged and expected. In addition, students will be divided in several working groups to design and plan with one of the instructors a class presentation on a select subject related to course materials such as antimicrobial resistance, adolescent vaccination etc. Preparation of these presentations will be initiated during the third week of the semester and presentations will take place in weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43153 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Thomas Laboratory   118   Enrolled:36 Limit:39
43154 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43155 P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled