INTH 4002: Elective in Tropical Pathogens

Days & Times:
Sessions 1:00-3:00 on Mondays starting Feb 5, 2018, and ending Mar 19, 2018

Room:
Biomedical Research Building 433 Conference Room in the Global Health West Administrative Offices

Evaluation:
4/6 classes attended, class participation, pre-class reading and preparation will be expected. There is a final self-assessment exam No credit given for Type A electives, but the elective is required for those considering a Certificate in Global Health. Paperwork is being processed to permit this elective to be included on the Medical School transcript.

Objectives:
The objective is to supplement the medical school curriculum for diseases common to the tropics. The elective is not designed to be exhaustive, but to introduce the major categories of pathogens, their epidemiology, their clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. The selection of pathogens and the time devoted to them is based on our interest and how well they are coverage elsewhere rather than their absolute impact. The elective is 6 weeks long. There will be one 2 h session per week starting at 1:00 in BRB 433, the Center for Global Health Conference room. The last session with microscopy may require 3 h. The elective will be mainly didactic, but some sessions may require student presentation or discussion.

Content:
(Will require prior reading, and all text should be available on the Center for Global Health and Diseases’ website under “Training and Funding>Courses.”)

Date

Topics

Presenters

Week 1 (Feb 5)

Pathogens overview

Ron Blanton

Vector biology:  Principals & Players

Hemorrhagic fever viruses

Week 2 ( Feb 12)

Apicomplexa (malaria)

Arlene Dent

Week 3 ( Feb 19)

Trematodes

Charlie King

            Schistosomiasis

            Flukes

Week 4 ( Feb 26)

Cestodes

Ron Blanton

            Tapeworms

            Cysticercosis

            Hydatid

Week 5 (Mar 5)

Nematodes

Dan Tisch

            Geohelminths (hookworm et al.)

            Filaria (elephantiasis et al.)

Week 6 (Mar 19)

Microscopy

Ron Blanton
ID fellows?

            Sample collection Microscopy

            Helminths

*Kinetoplasts (leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis) are not covered, but we may schedule an extra session for these.