VIR-20803 Human Infectious Diseases


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. GP Pijlman
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. CJM Koenraadt
prof. dr. ir. JA Kortekaas
dr. ir. GP Pijlman
dr. KT Veldman
dr. ir. JCM Verhoef
drs. M Heijne
WHM van der Poel
Examiner(s)dr. ir. GP Pijlman

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

Frontiers in Medical & Veterinary Biology ENT-51306
Fundamental & Applied Virology VIR-30806

Note: This course should NOT be followed in conjunction with CBI-20306 Cell Biology & Health due to extensive content overlap.


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with CBI-20306 Cell Biology and Health and/or NEM-20806 Basics of Infectious Diseases.

This course will focus on human infectious diseases that are leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The infection process of selected viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens will be discussed, with a special focus on the most serious human pathogens. The interactions of these pathogens with the human host will be addressed and we will discuss how pathogens respond to countermeasures such as antibiotic use and vaccination. The course will also address ecology and epidemiology and how the diseases are diagnosed, prevented and controlled. An important aim of the course is to improve our understanding of how and why pathogens emerge and what can be done to predict and control future outbreaks, taking into account the One Health concept. Particular attention is paid to pathogens that can be transmitted from animals to humans (zoonotic pathogens).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the characteristics of (re-)emerging viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens;
- understand how viruses, bacteria and parasites enter the human body and how they initiate replication;
- understand the pathogenesis of selected viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases;
- understand how the host counteracts infections of viruses, bacteria and parasites;
- understand how the pathogens counteract innate and adaptive host responses;
- give examples of the roles of animals and the environment in the ecology of human infectious diseases;
- understand the basics of (molecular) epidemiology;
- execute virological experiments, interprete results and draw conclusions.


The course contains lectures and practicals


The assessment strategy and -method will be elaborated in the course guide. The exam is a digital/computer examination with multiple choice questions on the lectures and practicals.


to be announced

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc5MO
Restricted Optional for: BBIBiologyBScC: Spec. C - Health and Disease5MO