Course Number: MIEH321
Section Number: SG91
Time: Wednesdays 3-5:50
Syphilis to SARS will examine the influences of environmental factors economic development, migration, and land use changes on emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases. Population growth, development, climate change are impacting natural reservoirs of infectious diseases and how they transmit through human populations. The course will look at both historical accounts and newly emerging and reemerging diseases including influenza as examples of our role in altering the diseases that threaten us. We will also critically evaluate how the issues are portrayed in news and entertainment media and controversy about the ethics of research on deadly viruses.
With the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the immigration of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children, and the recent discovery of forgotten smallpox samples in a laboratory freezer in Bethesda, this is an extremely relevant course. Rich with material lifted right from the headlines, this is will be a timely and thought-provoking course.
It is being taught on Wednesdays from 3 – 5:50 p.m.