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VIBS 413: Introductory Epidemiology

Spring of each year

VIBS 413 Syllabus

Course Overview:

As the interconnections among human health, domestic animal health, wildlife, and the environment are increasingly recognized in this 'one health' era,the breadth of epidemiology is deepening. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in populations and is distinguished from other medical disciplines in its focus at the population-level, and not individual level. Epidemiological principles guide the collection of data in the field and clinic, diagnostic laboratory protocols, statistical analyses, medical surveillance, and disease reporting. Epidemiology is the key science that guides public health policy and interventions. This course will train students to understand the concepts of epidemiology and fundamental tools used by epidemiologists, and how this field blends with other disciplines (ecology, human and veterinary clinical medicine, statistics, genetics, wildlife biology and more) to address some of society's more pressing stressors.

VIBS 681: Epidemiology Seminar: Impacts of Climate Change on Vector-borne Diseases

Spring 2014

VIBS 681 Syllabus

Course Overview:

Current data suggest that climate variability has a direct influence on the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. By 2100, average global temperatures are expected to increase by 2.0 – 11.5 °F. A growing body of literature suggests that the greatest effect of climate change on vector-borne disease will occur at the extremes of temperature ranges that support transmission. The degree to which the changing climate will impact vector-borne disease is being explored through disease system-specific empirical and predictive modeling studies. Through discussions of the published literature on dengue, malaria, Lyme disease, mosquito and tick-borne encephalitides, Chagas disease, and more, students will be introduced to the interconnections among ecology, epidemiology, and disease risk in the context of a warming world.

Guest lectures/labs

Mammalogy class


WFSC 401: General Mammalogy (Dr. Jessica Light)

BIOL 214: Genes, Ecology and Evolution, Fall 2013 (Dr. Charles Criscione)

VIBS 926 (1st year DVM): Introduction to Public Health Concepts (Dr. Christine Budke)

VIBS 930 (2nd year DVM): Public Health (Dr. Christine Budke)

VTPB/WFSC 301: Wildlife Diseases (Dr. Don Davis)

BESC 210: Introduction to Bioenvironmental Science (Dr. Paul Figueriredo)

VSCS 948-302 (4th year DVM): Applied Conservation Medicine (Drs. Don Brightsmith and Jill Heatley)

VIBS 608: Epidemiology Methods I (Dr. Renata Ivanek)