COURSE SYLLABUS

 

Course Prefix/Number: PHC 6005
Course Title: Disease Transmission in the Urban Environment
Course Credit Hours: 3

Instructor Name and Contact Information::

Prerequisites or Co-Requisites: none

Course Description:

Student Learning Outcomes: Following this course, student will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of infectious disease, modes of transmission, and disease agents.
  • Contrast and discuss historical and modern issues related to spread of infectious diseases and their control.
  • Describe behavioral and environmental factors associated with infectious disease transmission.
  • Discuss means of preventing disease by behavioral and/or environmental modification.
  • Discuss the important groups of communicable diseases - differentiate between bacteria, viruses, and other infectious agents.
  • Discuss current issues related to the spread of disease and prevention strategies used in communicable disease control.
  • Understand epidemiologic tools used to measure association and be able to apply these concepts to evaluate the probable cause of an outbreak.
  • Discuss data management for infectious diseases and tools for managing surveillance and laboratory data.
  • Topics Covered:

    Texts:

    Grading/Evaluation: Evaluation of student grades will be based on their performance in the following areas:

  • Study questions on topics covered in each module.
  • A mid-term exam will be given after module 6.
  • The research paper on an appropriate topic approved by an instructor will count as the final exam.

    GRADE/PERCENTAGE:

  • Research Paper/Presentations: All students will perform research on a topic approved by the faculty. The topic must be presented via email to either faculty member for approval by the 6th week of the class. The paper will consist of fifteen typewritten pages using the APA style. An appendix will contain references, figures, charts, etc.

    Grade Determination:

    References/Bibliography:

     

    Special Technology Utilized by Students:

    Expectations for Academic Conduct/Plagiarism Policy:

  • Academic Conduct Policy [Web]
  • Plagiarism Policy [ PDF]
  • Student Handbook [ PDF]
  • Assistance:

    Students with special needs who require specific examination-related or other course-related accommodations should contact Barbara Fitzpatrick, Director of Disabled Student Services (DSS), dss@uwf.edu, (850)474-2387. DSS will provide the student with a letter for the instructor that will specify any recommended accommodations.

    Class Schedule

    Module
    Topic
    Instructor
    1
    Introduction to the class; History of Infectious Disease
    Philippart
    2
    Migration and Diseases
    Philippart
    3

    Infectious Processes and Modes of  Transmission; Emergent/Re-emergent Diseases

    Lanza
    4

    The Ecology of Infectious Diseases; Environmental Effect/Global Climate Change and Infectious Diseases

    Philippart
    5
    Development of Antibiotic Resistance
    Lanza
    6
    Food-borne Illnesses
    Lanza
    7

    Seasonal Variability in Host Susceptibility & Cycles of Certain Diseases + Mid-term exam

    Philippart
    8
    TB/HIV/AIDS/STD’s
    Lanza
    9
    Hospital-acquired Infections
    Philippart
    10
    Immunizations and Vaccines
    Lanza
    11
    Zoonotic/Arthropod-transmitted Diseases
    Philippart
    12
    Use of Microbes for Terrorism
    Lanza
    -
    Research paper
    -