MICR5834 Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit is designed to provide a broad understanding of those infectious diseases that afflict populations living in the tropical and underdeveloped parts of the world, 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. The teaching takes the form of lectures, case discussions and laboratory sessions, the latter addressing diagnosis.
This comprises two written assessments during semester (each worth 25 per cent) and a two-hour end-of-semester examination (50 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liam O'Connor
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; PUBH8750 Epidemiology I; MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes/assignments: 3 hours per week
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