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Viruses of Humans, Past, Present and Future

Course registration will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

Edward Jenner described how to prevent smallpox over 200 years ago and the virus no longer exists in the human population. Measles, rubella, and polio have similarly been targeted by the WHO for elimination from the human population. With all of modern biology and medicine, why are AIDS, Ebola, Zeka, and bird flu still in the news almost daily?

This course provides students the opportunity to learn about the major pathogenic viruses of humans. This course is taught by a Brown faculty member drawing content from a well-respected Brown undergraduate course. Topics covered include the history of virology, an overview of important pathogenic viruses, epidemiology, vaccines, and therapies. Combining aspects of virology, molecular biology, history, and epidemiology, we will discuss current viral outbreaks and make predictions as to what might occur in the future and how the global health community can work to prevent such threats. The course will appeal to students interested in science and medicine.

By the end of the course, students will be able to read about viral threats and understand what is reality and what is hype.

Prerequisites: Completion of a high school biology course is required.