Course Description

This course is an introduction to the major groups of the Phylum Arthropoda that directly or indirectly impact the health of humans, companion animals, and/or livestock as arthropod vectors of disease. Topics include: the general life- cycles of arthropods and parasites, basic/unique clinical signs and symptoms of disease, tentative disease epidemiology, and common/unique approaches to control/prevent arthropod-borne diseases. Recent advances in the field of arthropod-borne pathogen/parasite research will be infused within course material and case studies will be included. 

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the basic and/or unique lifecycles of the major insect-based and arachnid-based arthropods that impact the health of humans, companion animals, and livestock
  • Explain the basic and/or unique biology of arthropod vector-vertebrate host-pathogen/parasite relationships
  • Outline the transmission cycles/basic ecology of major arthropod-borne diseases
  • Recognize the general signs, symptoms, and epidemiology of major arthropod-borne diseases
  • Identify some of the approaches and applications to control/prevent vector-borne diseases


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Textbook Information

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Section Title
Arthropod-borne Diseases and Prevention
Online Asynchronous
Mar 29, 2023 to May 16, 2023
Total Cost (Includes $75 non-refundable technology fee per course)
Eligible Discounts Can Be Applied at Checkout (2 Credits) $775.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Academic Credit
2 Credit(s)
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