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ENTO/VIBS 489/689 Syllabus
Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) represent one of the fastest
growing threats to human and animal population health. Patterns of
climate change, global travel, urbanization, and species invasions
suggest that VBDs will continue to challenge populations in both
developed and developing countries. The One Health initiative calls
for a synergy of efforts to protect human, animal, and ecosystem
health, utilizing approaches from veterinary and human medicine,
environmental science, and other disciplines. Because vectors and
the pathogens they transmit often bridge humans, wildlife, and
domestic animals, a One Health approach provides a useful framework
for their research and management. In this course, we aim to equip
future medical practitioners, public health officials,
entomologists, disease ecologists, and biomedical researchers with
a methodological understanding of how VBDs are studied in the field
and laboratory. The emphasis will be hands-on activities to explore
the ecology of disease systems, and we will utilize a One Health
framework to guide lectures, field labs, and research projects.
Students will apply course concepts to design, conduct, and present
small group research projects.
15 spots available for Graduate students, MPH students,
and U3/U4 undergraduates.
Registration by application. Due Nov 26, 2014. Notification of
acceptance by Dec 2, 2014.
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 Syllabus
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.
WFSC 401: General Mammalogy (Dr. Jessica Light)
BIOL 214: Genes, Ecology and Evolution, Fall 2013 (Dr. Charles
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
VSCS 948-302 (4th year DVM): Applied Conservation Medicine (Drs.
Don Brightsmith and Jill Heatley)
VIBS 608: Epidemiology Methods I (Dr. Renata Ivanek)
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