ECOLOGY OF DISEASE: SUMMER 2012
"All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life."
Course name: Ecology of Disease
Course Number: EEMB 40
Instructor: John Latto, EEMB. Office hours T & W 11.30-12.20 in 4324 LSB
e-mail: [email protected] and by appointment.
TA: Andy MacDonald. Office hours: T 10-11 in 2107 Noble Hall
e-mail: [email protected]edu
This class is specifically designed to use the inherent interest that many people have in human
health and disease to illustrate the tools and methodologies of both ecology and epidemiology.
We will cover a broad range of disciplines from history to human health but the underlying
theme will be the use of the scientific principles of ecology and epidemiology to study changes
in the distribution and abundance of diseases. These changes will be examined both using
historical examples and also by examining current disease patterns and predicting changes. The
class will cover some simple models and techniques for data analysis but requires no
Readings for discussion section will include selected chapters from the required text:
The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World out of Balance (Paperback) by Laurie
Garrett 768 pages
Publisher: Penguin ISBN-10: 0140250913 or ISBN-13: 978-0140250916
List price $20, online (new) $12.70, online (used) $0.01
We will not cover all the chapters in section but to get the most out of the class you are strongly
advised to read all the chapters.
Discussion sections are mandatory and will comprise 25% of your grade. The discussion section
grade will be divided between attendance (10 points), participation (5 points) and quizzes (10
points). The TA will explain how these points are allocated in your first discussion section.
Exams will be worth 75% of the grade. The midterm is worth 30 points and the Final is worth 45
points. Both exams will be a similar format and will be a combination of short answer questions
and multiple choice questions. A sample midterm will be available on the blog.
100 Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Reading (for