Spring 2020 - HSCI 212 D100

Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases (3)

Class Number: 2162

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

    We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.



An integrated survey of infectious diseases and their social and economic causes and consequences. Infectious agents, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses -- how they spread, how they work, and how they can be stopped. Surveillance, prevention, and management of infectious diseases and epidemics.


HSCI 212 is an introductory course providing an overview of immunology, infectious and parasitic diseases from an inter-disciplinary health sciences perspective.


Students will have a foundational knowledge of select infectious diseases from an inter-disciplinary perspective that includes basic pathogenesis, infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnosis and treatment, and societal impact. By completing this course, students will be able to:
1)  Generalize the role of microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, demography, and global health programming and policy in disease prevention and control. Subtopics include vaccines and outbreak investigation.
2)  Appraise the interplay between agent/host/environment and identify complex factors that influence disease spread and persistence. Subtopics include: HIV-1/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Influenza and vaccine-preventable diseases.
3)  Communicate the impact of disease burden in different parts of the globe and discuss the role of socio-economic status in disease transmission.
4)  Work as an interdisciplinary “Disease Busters” Team to develop a plan to fight an infectious disease of the team’s choosing.


  • Case study - group component 5%
  • Case study- individual component 20%
  • Midterm exams (x2 20% each) 40%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Tutorial attendence 5%
  • Scientific paper gist writing 10%



Reading materials will come from a variety of sources. These will be provided in class, on the course website, or in tutorial.

Registrar Notes:

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