The Biology of Disease

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Biology of Disease

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The nature and origin of disease. Bacteria and viruses: structure, identification and classification. Mechanisms of infection, pathogenesis, virulence, host susceptibility, immunity, epidemiology.Control strategies, new technologies. New organisms. Invertebrate and fungal parasites. Ecological and cultural aspects of disease.

    Course content
    An introduction to: bacteria, viruses, parasites, structure, identification and classification; economic and health issues of disease; genetics and mechanisms of infectivity, pathogenesis, virulence and host susceptibility. Immunity; epidemiology; control strategies, new technologies and public health; genomic analysis of pathogens; new organisms; invertebrate and fungal parasites, life histories, vectors, hosts and transmission models; and ecological, cultural and evolutionary aspects of human parasitism.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Describe the basic disease processes in humans for select diseases of national and international importance.
    • Understand how disease is measured and how it may be prevented.
    • Integrate knowledge of the immune system and how its functions can prevent or cause disease.
    • Creatively link and resynthesise information presented in the laboratories, lectures, and guest lectures with your existing knowledge about human disease.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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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.

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Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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