The World of Parasites [CRN 74058]

Discipline: Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Instructor: Church
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 15:40
End: 17:00
Field Work: Day 6 | December 2, 2022 | Kenya
Prerequisites: One (1) lower-division principles of animal biology course OR one (1) lower-division attributes of living systems Download Syllabus

Welcome to the World of Parasites: protozoa, worms, bugs, vectors, and human and animal diseases! This course will take you into the world of an amazing group of organisms that are endemic to many of the places you will visit during the voyage and greatly impact the people you will meet. We will not only cover the biological aspects of human parasites—their morphology, life cycles, epidemiology and evolution—but we will also bring the world’s oceans into the conversation with a discussion of marine mammal parasites. We will explore how new infectious diseases emerge, their subsequent distribution across the globe and the strategies parasites use to achieve transmission from host-to-host. You will learn about the neglected tropical diseases (almost all parasitic), the unacceptable burden they impose on human and animal welfare, and why parasite control is particularly challenging. You will gain an understanding of why our shrinking world has fueled a renewed interest in the study of parasites and the diseases they cause. The SAS voyage will give students opportunities to witness the global impact of parasites on at-risk communities.

Field Work

Country: Kenya
Day: 6
Date: December 2, 2022