The Ecology of Infectious Diseases MMIC 7220
THE ECOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (MMIC 7220 – 6 credit hours)
Coordinators:  Course coordinators: Drs. Lyle McKinnon (204-975-7708) and Keith Fowke (204-789-3818)
Session Leaders: For each session a Session Leader has been identified. Together with the course coordinators the Session Leaders will develop that section of the course.
Evaluation:  Participation 20%
Presentation of topics 30%
Grant 50%
Prerequisite:  This course is meant as an advanced course, therefore, 12 previous credit hours of graduate level courses are required and approval by course instructor. The size of the class will be limited to 20 registered students.
Course:  The Course: The course will be taught in a condensed 8 hour day, 2-3 week period. Each session will be comprised of three elements: 1) a didactic component in which an overview of the topic is provided; 2) a student-led in-depth exploration of key issues related to the primary topic; 3) student-facilitated activity involving the entire class eg debate, role playing exercise, open discussion. The course is intended to demonstrate to students the inter-relatedness of infectious diseases with their physical, social, biological, and cultural surroundings. During the first section of the course, infectious diseases are viewed from a number of different perspectives such as pathogenesis, clinical science, host responses to infection, molecular epidemiology, public health interventions, medical anthropology, global health, international infectious disease prevention/control, spatial aspects and ethnographic approaches to IDs, aboriginal issues in infectious diseases, zoonotic infections and pandemic preparedness. In the second section, a number of applied topics are covered, designed to improve the students’ ability to plan, prepare and execute a scientific proposal as well as prepare for their future as researchers. Topics in this section of the course include; research design and statistical issues, introduction to research ethics, use of medical administrative databases, research translation/communication, intellectual property, research commercialization, grant writing and reviewing. The final assignment will be a CIHR-style multi-disciplinary grant that will be due 3-4 weeks following the end of the last class.