Bioterrorism & Emerging Infectious Diseases

HON/BIO 215 - Spring 2013



                                          Face lesions on boy with smallpox. Public Health Images
                                                Library (PHIL) ID #3. Source: CDC/Cheryl Tyron

Never forget that we are but one species and that it is a small world.

SARS
Rabies
Avian Flu
Malaria Escherichia coli O157:H7 Lyme Disease
HIV/AIDS
Smallpox
Polio
Mad Cow Disease Dipththeria Tuberculosis
West Nile Virus
Botulism & BOTOX
Anthrax
Cholera Hepatitis Ebola & Marburg

So many perspectives; students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in this course.

Natural Disasters
Biological Mechanisms
Personal Tragedy
World Geography & Globalization
The Spread of Diseases
Economic Impact of EIDs
History of Bioterrorism
Agents of Bioterrorism
The Financial Markets
Laws & Rights: Quarantines
BioSafety Levels & Facilities
WHO, CDC, and Other Agencies
Ecology of Agents and Vectors Health & Human Services Are You Prepared?

HON/BIO 215 Course Description
Bioterrorism & Emerging Infectious Diseases - 3 credits
Ebola, anthrax, Lyme disease, SARS, polio, smallpox, the Plague, mad cow disease and West Nile virus continue to attract the attention of the human species. These are either emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) or the agents responsible for the diseases that plague our kind. In some cases, EIDs and bioterrorism go hand in hand. This course will cover the biological mechanisms of a diversity of diseases, the ecology of disease agents and vectors, the impact of globalization on the spread of EIDs, agencies (e.g., CDC) involved in fighting the spread of diseases, bioterrorism in the past, present and future, and the socioeconomic impact of EIDs and bioterrorism. Lectures, debates, book discussions, films, and projects will be integral parts of this course. Examinations are included to allow you to test your grasp of the subject matter. Prerequisite: A genuine interest in learning more about emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism; students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in this course.  
Website: http://www2.cedarcrest.edu/academic/bio/hale/bioT_EID.htm

Instructor: Dr. Alan Hale [SC134; abhale@cedarcrest.edu; x3510]
Office Hours: Stop by during open times [my schedule] or send me an email.  If my door is closed, leave me a note. Setting up an appointment is also an option. Be sure to suggest a possible time.
Prerequisites: A genuine interest in learning more about emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism; students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in this course.
Class Time/Location:  MWF 8 AM, Science Center 139
Readings:  There are four books that will be discussed during class; these readings will bring out the medical, political, social, legal, financial and personal aspects of emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism. Please do not pass up the opportunity to see life through the eyes of others.

Johnson, S. 2006. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. Riverhead Books. 299pp.
Peters, C.J. and M. Olshaker, 1997. Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World. Anchor Books. 323pp.
Preston, R. 2002. The Demon in the Freezer. Random House. 240pp.
Shilts, R., 1988. And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic. St. Martin's Press. 630pp.

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