Title: Parasitology in International Health
Keywords: Pathogens
Parasitic
Disease vectors
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Hanspeter Marti
Date start: 2018-02-19
Date end: 2018-02-23
About duration and dates: 1 week
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
Berlin-Wedding
Germany
ECTS credit points: 1.5 ECTS credits
SIT:
45 hours
45 hours total SIT: 13.5 hours classroom time, 13.5 hours laboratory practice, 2 hours assessment, 1 hour feedback, 15 hours personal study
Language: English
Description:
At the end of the module students should be able to:

• Appraise the value of diagnostic parasitology and entomology in theory and practice (microscopy)
• Perform parasitological and entomological diagnostics
• Assess past and present efforts for control or eradication of parasitic diseases, including vector control
Assessment Procedures:
1 hour written unseen examination (60% of total grade), 1 hour microscopy examination (40% of total grade). Students must pass all parts of the assessment. The pass mark of the written unseen examination and of the microscopy examination is 60%.
Students who fail will be offered one re-sit examination of the failed part, which should take place by the beginning of the following semester. A second re-sit is allowed but may be linked to conditions set by the Committee of Admissions and Degrees.
Content:
This module builds on core course teaching. See “Remarks” section for background reading.
This module will address aspects not yet covered in the core course of the following issues:
• Laboratory exercises (microscopy): helminths, malaria, other protozoa
• Serology in parasitology
• Medical entomology
• Disease control and eradication: E.g. soil transmitted helminths, malaria, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, dracunculiasis
Methods:
• Lectures introduce students into the various topics (18 hours), focussing on diagnostics and disease control of major parasitic diseases.
• A significant amount of time is devoted to laboratory practice, either as demonstration (serology, 1 hour) or supervised microscopy exercises (parasitology, 12 hours)
Prerequisites:
Basic parasitological and entomological knowledge, as can be acquired in the MScIH core course.

If not a native speaker: Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550/213/80 or IELTS score 6. tropEd students need to provide proof of registration as tropEd student at their home institution only. For further exceptions refer to http://internationalhealth.charite.de/en/admission/application/
Attendance:
Maximum number of 25 students.
Students and participants must attend 80% of the teaching time.
Selection:
Places are allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Deadline for application: 6 weeks before module start (7 Jan 2018).
We shall confirm the module 4 weeks before module start latest subject to a sufficient number of applications.
Late applications will be considered as long as places are available.
Fees:
375.00 € for tropEd MScIH students and alumni
468,75 € for DTMPH participants
562,50 € for Short Course participants
Scholarships: Not available
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Students in 2013 and 2014 expressed their priority to learn and practice parasitological diagnostics and found the group work on outlining a disease control programs less useful. They furthermore found veterinary parasitology less relevant. We adapted learning objectives and content accordingly.
Student evaluation:
Students criticized an excess of overlap between core course and advanced module content. This has been corrected.
Lessons learned:
Instead of making an assumption about students’ priorities (here: that they would value the opportunity of outlining a disease control program) it is advisable to conduct a consultation among students and alumni before developing a module.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in February 2013. Re-accredited in March 2015. This accreditation is valid until March 2020.
Remarks:
We recommend the following textbook:
Eddleston M, Davidson R, Brent A, Wilkinson R, 2008. Oxford handbook of tropical medicine: Oxford University Press. 843 p.

Course application form
Email Address: mscih-student@charite.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2013-02-25 03:14:46 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2013-02-25 03:26:00 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-11-19 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-11-19 16:03:55 (W3C-DTF)

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