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. Cross-listed with: ASCI 322.
Using a One Health perspective, the course provides an overview of zoonotic infectious diseases (those diseases in common between animals and humans), including rabies, potential bioterrorist agents (anthrax, plague, Q fever, tularemia), emerging diseases (COVID, Zika virus, Ebola, avian and swine influenza, West Nile virus, vCJD), and vector-borne diseases (lyme disease). The course focuses primarily on the epidemiologic method of investigation, and assessment of surveillance, prevention, control and treatment. Student work will emphasize emerging diseases associated with climate change, including those with an impact on global health.
By the end of the course, students should be able to: • Describe the clinical features, epidemiology, risk factors, and protective/control measures for multiple zoonoses and vector-borne diseases. • Explain the drivers of zoonotic infectious disease and the interaction between these factors. • Describe the public health tools used to prevent, detect, and control zoonoses and vector-borne diseases. • Explain how a One Health approach can be used to reduce zoonotic and vector-borne disease burden. • Create a communication piece for a targeted audience using surveillance and other data to communicate a specific health message.
Each student determines their own grade by their choice of the number of discussions to participate in and their level of effort on quizzes, exams, and communication products. Students earn points through weekly Yellowdig discussions (58.3%) and open book quizzes (8.3%), an open book midterm exam (8.3%), open book final exam (8.3%), and two communication products (fact sheet and slides) (16.7%).
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