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Infectious Diseases




Admissions requirements



HIV, malaria and tuberculosis are still one of the main public health challenges that low-income countries face. However, in the meantime, the appearance of new infectious diseases and reappearance of old ones, often in new and drug-resistant forms, highlights the urgent need for in depth understanding of these infectious diseases and potential prevention strategies.

This course will focus on the biological, immunological, epidemiological and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial and protozoan diseases, especially in developing countries.

During the course, the basic notions that describe the mechanisms behind the spread of a disease will be introduced. Also, the relation between the specific characteristics of some infectious diseases and their spread will be exemplified, e.g. for tuberculosis, and HIV.

Variables related to the spread of infectious diseases (incidence, prevalence, incubation time, latent time, period of infectiousness) as well as mode of transmission and vaccination strategies will be discussed during this course.

Course objectives

After this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and trends of common infectious diseases (i.e. malaria,tuberculosis, HIV) as well as ‘neglected’ infectious diseases (i.e. dengue, soil-transmitted helminth infections)

  • Explain the infectious disease chain on these infectious diseases (pathogen, reservoir, portal of entrance and exit, transmission routes, and host determinants).

  • Recognize strategies on how to control infectious diseases by surveillance, outbreak investigation and vaccines.

  • Provide the major pros and cons of prevention, diagnostic and treatment techniques (incl. vaccination) for infectious diseases, including the global challenge of antibiotics resistance.


Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction



  • Your active in-class participation and discussion during the lectures 10%

  • Summary and reflection on newly acquired information after the lectures - 10%

  • Group assignment and written group report (500 words) - 30%

  • Group assignment and presentation - 20%

  • Group assignment and presentation (pro and con) and individual written essay (500 words) - 30%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list



This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.