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Vector-Borne Diseases in the Tropics

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, July 15, 2024
End Date
Friday, July 19, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
David Sullivan
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Bachelor’s degree and preferably, a higher degree in fields such as nursing, engineering, biological/social sciences, but applicants from other backgrounds are welcome to confirm their eligibility by contacting the course instructor.

Focuses on vector-borne diseases prominent in tropical infections. Emphasizes global epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical presentations, pathophysiology, and treatment of microorganisms as well as characterization and control of vectors. Integrates clinical cases and pathology through laboratory sessions. Covers principal diseases including malaria, African and American trypansomiasis, leishmaniasis, filariasis, yellow fever, dengue, hemorrhagic fevers, Bartonella, Lyme, Rickettsial, plague and toxoplasmosis.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify key vector-borne diseases for the tropics.
  2. Recognize the clinical presentation, treatment, epidemiology, and control of dengue, hemorrhagic fevers, and other arboviral infections, including malaria.
  3. Discuss the biology, global distribution, etiology, transmission, impact, diagnosis, treatment and control of vector borne diseases relevant to the tropics, such as yellow fever, typhus, trypanosomes, leishmaniasis, filariasis and Onchoceriasis, Borrel.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Final Exam
Special Comments

• This is a hybrid course with both a synchronous online (223.684.49) section and an in-person section (223.684.11). Please choose the modality you need (either online or in-person) when registering. Synchronous section has a laboratory component for review of parasites on glass slides under microscopes.
• All students will be expected to attend classes synchronously. Exceptions will be considered. Requests to attend class asynchronously should be sent to the course instructor prior to registration.
• The course schedule will include break times