Defence and Disease
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course entry requirements: Any two second year MCB semester courses, MAM1004F (or MAM1000W), STA1007S or STA1000F/S.
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units36
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units9
Hours & Credits
This course will introduce the vertebrate immune system and its components such as MHC cell structure and pathogen recognition. The immune systems of invertebrates and plants will then be examined. The focus will switch to the three major disease challenges in South Africa, HIV, TB and malaria, and host-pathogen interactions. Finally, the course will focus on strategies to produce vaccines that enable immunity to viral infection.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.