Zoonoses and vector-born disease account for the majority of emerging and re-emerging diseases. Students will learn about the drivers that influence infection in animals and humans, tools used for disease monitoring and prevention, and policies and programs aimed at prevention.
Open to graduate-level Public Health students only until August 14, 2017; All other students require instructor permission; Must submit the request at http://go.uvm.edu/ph; Students will be notified if permission granted on August 14, 2017; contact student Advisor, Vika Pleshakova at email@example.com for any questions; Cross listed with ASCI 322 OL1 & ASCI 297 OL1
Zoonoses and vector-borne disease account for the majority of emerging and re-emerging diseases, and most bioterrorism agents are zoonotic. The role of non-human animals as reservoirs and transmitters of disease requires consideration of human, animal and environmental factors. In this course, we’ll study the drivers that influence infection in animals and humans including: weather and climate, land use, biodiversity, poverty, globalization, domestication, population pressure, and anthropogenic change. For each driver, we’ll review 2-5 zoonoses or vector-borne disease influenced by that driver including: clinical disease presentation, diagnosis and treatment (human and animal), microbiology, epidemiology, risk factors, and control measures. Through case studies and outbreak reports, we’ll review the tools used for disease monitoring and prevention: surveillance, disease modeling, outbreak investigation, vector control, environmental modification, vaccination and prophylaxis, and transdisciplinary collaboration. The class will consider public health policies and programs aimed at disease reduction using a One Health lens. As a final project, students will create an infographic for a disease, health message and audience of their choice. The infographic is created through stepwise assignments in planning, evaluating and mapping surveillance data, using data in charts, the use of visuals and text, and peer review.
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