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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to provide a broad understanding of those infectious diseases that afflict populations living in tropical and low-income countries, as well as travellers to those parts of the world. The topics covered are aimed at doctors, nurses, medical scientists, members of the military, aid workers and others planning to work in these areas or those who are dealing with returned travellers or immigrants, either clinically or in the laboratory. The unit covers the major tropical infectious agents from the bacteria, viruses, helminthes and protozoa and includes aspects of transmission, life cycles, clinical illness, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The impact on populations is considered where relevant. Separate sessions focus on important aspects of prevention such as disposal of waste, provision of potable water and other means of interrupting life cycles and transmission.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face

Students are able to (1) explain key concepts regarding biology, clinical illness and diagnosis of common parasitic, viral and bacterial diseases affecting populations in the tropics; (2) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about health approaches to prevention, control, and elimination of tropical diseases of global significance, including emerging and re-emerging neglected infectious diseases; (3) discuss and evaluate the roles of social, environmental, economic and geo-political factors in spread and resurgence of tropical infectious diseases; and (4) solve clinical cases relating to tropical medicine, including laboratory identification of pathogens and interpretation of laboratory investigations and imaging studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) clinical cases; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Calila Santos
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases
or Master of Infectious Diseases
Advisable prior study
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases.
MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity.
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I.
MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials/practical classes: 10 hours per semester
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.