New course to be offered spring of 2013 - Animal Plagues: Global animal health, infectious disease ecology, zoonoses and food security

worldThis course will introduce students to the concepts of infectious disease epidemiology and ecology. We will explore the complex relationships between animal pathogens and their hosts, with a focus on food animal species. The concepts of host adaptation, tissue tropism and molecular and cellular mechanisms of infectious disease will be introduced using examples of historically significant zoonotic and other diseases of domestic food animals including Brucellosis, Tuberculosis and Influenza. We will broadly cover host-pathogen interactions using specific examples of micro- (i.e. viral and bacterial) and macro-parasites.

 A major emphasis of the course will be on the impact of infectious disease at the organismal and population levels. Mathematical modeling and molecular epidemiologic concepts will be introduced. Ecological and social issues of infectious disease emergence and control will be explored. Animal health, disease control, and public health practices, programs, and policies in industrialized agriculture (including extensive and intensive production) systems will be described. These practices and policies will provide a foundation of knowledge as we explore the needs and practices of small-holder farmers in food insecure nations and regions. We will then explore the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in animal health and disease control policy and research. A number of 'neglected animal diseases' that impact health of animals on small-holder farms will be examined. Complex issues such as antimicrobial use in food production systems and the potential impact of antibiotic use on emergence or maintenance of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans will be applied to understand concepts of risk and risk management.

ASCI 192G Animal Plagues: Global animal health, infectious disease ecology, zoonoses and food security
Prerequisites:  2 semester biology (BIOL 001 & BIOL 002 or BCOR 11 & BCOR 12). ASCI 001 recommended or instructor permission.
Credits:  3 credits
Instructor:  Barlow