Arthropods & Human Health

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Arthropods & Human Health

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Zoology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite: BIOL2205

    Assumed Background: Training in invertebrate zoology or entomology would be useful, but is not essential.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Many insects and arachnids either directly cause medical problems or vector pathogens. Integrates vector biology, principles of monitoring & control, epidemiology, and microbial ecology. Provides a foundation for understanding how resistance, changes in global climate, habitat modifications and expanding populations affect arthropod-borne diseases.

    Course Introduction
    This course provides an introduction to the biology and behaviour of medically important groups of arthropods and their role in human and veterinary diseases. Students will learn about the natural history of these agents and how that influences disease epidemiology. In addition, arthropod physiology and immunology will be discussed in the context of disease transmission. Finally, current research directions in medical entomology that are aimed at developing new control options will be discussed. The laboratory component will develop skills to recognise and identify arthropods of medical and veterinary importance.

    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Develop an appreciation of arthropods as the cause of diseases and in transmission of agents that cause disease, including newly emergent and resurgent diseases
    • Appreciate the range of available vector control strategies
    • Recognise and identify major arthropods of medical & veterinary importance using identification keys
    • Develop problem solving skills by exploring current problems associated with vector-borne diseases
    • Develop team working, critical analysis and communication skills through inquiry based learning activities
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours


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