Biology 675
"Is not disease the rule of existence?
There is not a lily pad floating on the water that has not been riddled by insects …
If misery loves company, misery has company enough.”
-Henry Thoreau

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What's in the milk?

Feeding snakes?

Petting E. coli?
BIOL 675—Honors colloquium in Biology

Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Honors credit will be received in this and a concurrent 100 or 200 level Biology course upon successful completion of this course. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in any non-Honors Biology level 100 or 200 course. Meets Friday 1:10-2:00 p.m.

In today's crowded, overpopulated world, in which frequent travel and the mass production and distribution of food and other goods are a way of life, diseases can spread rapidly. A contaminated food or water supply, for example, can affect many thousands of people very quickly. Identifying the causative agent of a disease is desirable so that a disease can be effectively controlled and treated. It is also desirable to understand the mode of transmission and geographical distribution of the disease. The science that studies when and where diseases occur and how they are transmitted in populations is called epidemiology. Epidemiologists are sometimes called medical detectives.

 Course Syllabus
 Image Library
 Project guidelines

 HTP students, looking for Community Service? Check out Phi Theta Kappa events.

Vacation Fun Reading. These books will provide entertaining reading. The list includes epidemiology mysteries and even thrillers. Enjoy!

Emerging and Zoonotic Infections (CDC)
Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Try a Medical Detective Problem

Try some clinical problem solving

Using PCR
A 22-year-old man presented to an emergency department with a one-day history of fever, myalgia, chills, headache, and malaise; he did not have dyspnea or cough.

A 2-year-old girl was taken to the emergency department of a regional hospital because of a 2-day history of unsteady gait, difficulty standing, and reluctance to walk.

DNA fingerprints from E. coli O157:H7 isolates from apple juice.

Build a Molecular Clock
The origin of HIV.