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Ecology of Infectious Disease MCB 4202 and BSC 6932 (3 credits) Dr. Bina Nayak Prerequisites: MCB 3020C or PCB 3043 Course Description Infectious diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and worms. They have had a dramatic effect on human history, and continue to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the 21st century (think cholera and Ebola virus!). Infectious diseases also affect animal and plant health, and can have dramatic effects on ecosystems. Our ability to control disease depends in part on our understanding of the interactions of these organisms with their host(s) and with the surrounding environment. This course will focus on the ecology of infectious disease, including microbial survival and infectivity strategies and the interactions of microorganisms with their host(s). It emphasizes interpretation of data and research articles, as well as classroom interactions and presentations.