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This course provides students an understanding of important human parasitic diseases, including their life cycles, vectors of transmission, distribution and epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations, treatment, and prevention and control. Tropical Parasitology is taught by faculty from an area highly impacted by tropical parasites- the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in Moshi, Tanzania. The faculty include Drs. Frank Mosha and Mramba Nyindo (and two lecturers, Drs. Johnson Matowo and Jovin Kitau). Dr. John Bartlett, Professor of Medicine, Global Health and Nursing at Duke University, joins his faculty colleagues in this effort.

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Syllabus

The overall objective of this course is to acquaint medical school and graduate-level students with tropical parasitology and entomology. The course complements the classical or traditional teaching of tropical parasitology and entomology. Other individuals interested in tropical parasitology and entomology will benefit equally. Course content covers epidemiology, transmission cycle, clinical manifestations, treatment and control of parasites in the following categories:

  1. Protozoa, including: malaria, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, toxoplasmosis, leishmaniasis;
  2. Nematodes, including: filariasis, ascariasis, hookworm, strongyloidiasis;
  3. Cestodes, including: taeniasis, cystcercosis, echinococcosis;
  4. Trematodes, including: schistosomiasis, fascioliasis;
  5. Ectoparasites, including: fleas, ticks and mites, and lice.
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Instructors

John A. Bartlett, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Global Health and Nursing at Duke University Medical Center
Duke Global Health Institute

Franklin Mosha, Ph.D.
Professor of Parasitology and Medical Entomology

Mramba Nyindo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMU Co.)

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Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.
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It was very interesting and the quizzes were great and made you think, and the reference lists were extremely useful. I would have liked more illustrations and field work videos. The field work videos were extremely interesting and brought the student in closer contact with the subjects and a better idea of the field settings.

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February 22, 2018
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It was very interesting and the quizzes were great and made you think, and the reference lists were extremely useful. I would have liked more illustrations and field work videos. The field work videos were extremely interesting and brought the student in closer contact with the subjects and a better idea of the field settings.

January 27, 2018
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the material is presented in a boring way by the speakers.the information about the parasites and the resulting diseases are explained in an unlogical order and it would be very helpful to have the life cycle included in the presentations, as well as more pictures in general.Also it would be effective to have some slides where the different parasites are compared directly in a nice graphic and or table.In total I found the slides made very poorly.

January 7, 2018
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Thank you so much, Duke University and Kilimanjaro University for giving me the possibility to learn from all of you. I really enjoyed the course. Kind regards from Spain!

November 9, 2017
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A very interesting course. There is a lot of material presented that is relevant in temperate climates as well as in the tropics for example Toxoplasma gondii and Echinoccosis which occur in the cat and dog respectively. Pork and beef tapeworms are also potential risks from undercooked meat worldwide especially since due to food supply chains the food we eat can originate from almost anywhere. The course also underlines the need to improve healthcare, diet, sanitation and potable water supplies in the poorer countries of the world. Many of these diseases have been neglected but cause considerable misery gl

August 11, 2017
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Excellent and very interesting course. I especially like the videos from Africa showing for example the snail habitats. Also the interviews with the doctors were really insightful. I learned a lot in this course and actually had fun doing the final exam.