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TM5518 - Medical Entomology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Arthropod vectors, such as mosquitoes, flies and ticks, transmit diseases to a billion people each year with associated annual mortality of over a million. A few diseases have been eradicated or controlled to some degree, however many are now re-emerging on a global scale due to a lack of vector specialists, insecticide resistance, diversion of funds to other diseases and lack of treatment. This multidisciplinary subject was developed because the practice of public health is demanding an increasing understanding of the relationship between human health and arthropod vectors. Public health professionals will be increasingly relied upon for assistance in formulating strategic eradication or control policies and will be required to explain the human implications of these policies to the public. Students will acquire knowledge, professional attitudes and skills required for vector-borne disease management by learning about the biology, surveillance and control of disease vectors.

Learning Outcomes

  • build up a coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics and to expand problem solving capacity by defining and solving problems relating to the management of vectors implicated in the transmission of disease;
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the extent of health problems related to disease-bearing arthropods;
  • develop the ability to evaluate claims, evidence and arguments relating to vector biodynamics, behaviour and capacity to transmit disease pathogens;
  • learn about and critically analyse current eradication/control strategies, policies and available resources;
  • understand the inherent interaction issues between individuals/communities, environmental parameters, vector relations and authority.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original.


Cairns, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching 24-Sep-2012 to 28-Sep-2012
Coordinator: Professor Scott Ritchie, Ms Rose Spencer
Lecturers: Professor Scott Ritchie, Ms Tammy Allen, Professor Tom Burkot.
Assessment: assignments (60%); other on-line exams (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.