Tropical Parasitology: Protozoans, Worms, Vectors and Human Diseases

This course provides students an understanding of important human parasitic diseases, including their life cycles, vectors of transmission, distribution and epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations, treatment, and prevention and control.

About The Course

Tropical Parasitology: Protozoans, Worms, Vectors and Human Diseases will present information on important human parasites including their life cycles, vectors of transmission, distribution and epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations, treatment, and prevention and control.  The specific parasites for discussion will include malaria, trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, cestodes (Taenia saginata and solium, and Echinococcus), trematodes (Schistosoma and Fasciola), nematodes (Ancylostoma/Necatur, Strongyloides, filariasis, and Ascaris), and ectoparasites.  An emphasis will be placed on field demonstrations of relevance in sub-Saharan Africa, and clinical presentations of parasitic illness.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
  • Recommended Background

    Advanced undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in health disparities due to communicable diseases, and a background in microbiology is recommended.