Prerequisites: Epid 602, Epid 605 or equivalent; EHS 513 or equivalent
Description: Infectious agents transmitted by arthropod vectors produce an enormous disease burden worldwide, especially in underdeveloped countries. Malaria alone kills more than one million people each year, mostly children, and results in 42 million DALYs lost. This course is designed to investigate the epidemiology of malaria and other important vector-borne diseases that principally affect poor people living in tropical countries. The complex interactions influencing transmission dynamics, including immunologic, ecologic, economic and social factors are explored. Options for treatment, prevention and control involving vectors, parasites and human behavior are examined. Analysis also considers the role of other infections, including HIV, as altering transmission and disease. Class sessions will include a brief didactic presentation of the key issues for that topic followed by a structured discussion of selected readings.