Title: Parasitology in International Health
Keywords: Pathogens
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
ECTS credit points: 1.5 ECTS credits
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
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.
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
• 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)
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/
Maximum number of 25 students.
Students and participants must attend 80% of the teaching time.
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.
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.
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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