Arthropods cause considerable human suffering and death throughout the world. This course is designed to provide the health professional with fundamental information necessary for understanding the role arthropods play both as parasites and in the transmission of pathogens causing human disease. Topics covered include the accurate identification and classification of medically important insects and arachnids, and biology and ecology of vectors, the epidemiology and pathogenesis of important vector surveillance and control, and bioterrorism. Course will include a worldwide perspective, but will emphasize local tick and mosquito vectors and associated diseases, including Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Epidemiology and Introduction to BIostatistics