Spring 2021 - HSCI 212 D100

Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases (3)

Class Number: 2824

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2021
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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 interdisciplinary 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 investigations.
2)  Appraise the interplay between agent/host/environment and identify complex factors that influence disease spread and persistence. Subtopics include SARS-COV-2/COVID19, 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 socioeconomic status in disease transmission.
4)  Work to develop a plan to fight infectious disease.


  • Case study - outline/presentation 10%
  • Case study - final submission 20%
  • Bi-weekly quizzes 30%
  • Take home final exam 20%
  • Tutorial attendence 5%
  • Scientific paper gist writing 15%


This course will supply options for both synchronous and asynchronous participation in lectures and tutorials. For example, Live lectures will be delivered during normal class time. These will also be recorded for students who are unable to attend the live lectures.



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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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).