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Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases

East Baltimore
4th Term
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Understanding of basic biomedical concepts and terminology

Take this course if you want to become more familiar with the diseases that affect those in tropical and developing countries, and if you want an introduction to the neglected tropical diseases. The course is especially appropriate for students who plan a career involving health care in developing countries.
Focuses on infectious diseases that disproportionately affect those in developing countries. Addresses some of these are major killers, others are neglected tropical diseases not covered in other courses. Discusses the epidemiological and clinical aspects of each disease, including diagnosis and treatment. Introduces students to the major infectious diseases that are prevalent and of public health importance in tropical and developing countries.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognize and cite examples of the major infectious diseases that are prevalent and of public health importance in tropical and developing countries
  2. Differentiate the clinical presentations of many of the tropical diseases of public health importance, including their modes of transmission, geographic distribution, biological basis for the diseases, means of diagnosis and modes of treatment
  3. Appraise and assemble the resources available for gathering information on other tropical diseases
  4. Evaluate the general recommendations for travelers visiting developing countries where transmission of tropical diseases is a risk
  5. Debate programmatic strategies for improved disease control of select agents
  6. Identify the biological and genetic factors that influence disease patterns in the tropics
  7. 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
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Quizzes
  • 35% Group Work
  • 15% Participation
Special Comments

This course blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet twice a week. Students are expected to spend 1 hour a week on class work in addition to regular homework.