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ANT 191: Infectious Disease- Humans/Primates

Coronavirus, Ebola, Yellow Fever, SARS, Avian Flu, HIV... Every few months we hear about a new infectious disease outbreak affecting human populations or our primate relatives. Where do infectious disease come from? How do they circulate among individuals, families, villages, countries, species? How can we control the spread of infectious diseases?
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Upper division standing


Spring 2021


This course is geared towards students interested in learning how infectious diseases affect populations and how science can help reduce their impact.

Using case studies from all around the world, it covers the basics of epidemiology while providing a historical and anthropological perspective on the long-term impact of disease on human populations and primate communities.

Optional textbook

Quammen, D. 2012. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. W. W. Norton & Company


Exams will include two homework assignments, a midterm and a final exam. The assignments will be short essays on current disease outbreaks affecting humans or non-human primates.