F&ES 891/EMD 572a

Ecoepidemiology

2014-2015
Credits: 3
 

 

This course uses an ecological perspective to study the factors influencing the emergence, maintenance, and transmission of human pathogens. Particular emphasis is on pathogens transmitted to humans by arthropods (vector-borne) or animal reservoirs (zoonotic) like malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, rabies, etc. Students learn how human risk for these diseases can be described and predicted by understanding the ecology of pathogen, vectors, and reservoirs. The course utilizes a combination of lectures, discussion of primary literature, practical exercises on modeling and risk mapping, and guest speakers