INF4500 Immunology of infection and vaccines

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Nicole Rankine

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the process of vaccine development and immunity to infection. Topics of discussion include the main immunological responses responsible for immunity to infectious diseases and how these responses influence vaccine development. Current problems with vaccine development and the various immunological techniques used will also be discussed.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Vaccines are an invaluable tool in the public health effort to prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases.The controversy surrounding vaccine use is ongoing. Students seeking to be public health practitioners must understand basics of immunology and vaccine development to respond properly to the legitimate concerns of the public.

Why This Course Is Important:

The immune system can be used to fight pathogenic microorganisms. Understanding the biological basis of infectious disease and the immune system helps to identify prevention and treatment strategies for infection and immune related disease.