Denmark, Aarhus

Clinical Global Infectious Diseases

when 5 August 2013 - 23 August 2013
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS

Infectious diseases are easily spread between countries and continents, and infections like SARS and avian flu shows that surveillance and control of epidemics are of international importance. Major theme: Infections in the individual both travelers and migrants using knowledge of infections in different regions of the world. The course will give an introduction to major infectious diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, yellow fever and others with emphasis on geographical distribution, difference in morbidity and mortality between different parts of the world, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and control. Advice to travelers will be discussed and appropriate investigations in immigrants will be reviewed. Emphasis will be on the difference in incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality between countries and continents. Appropriate control programs will be discussed, both at national and international level. The course will teach practical diagnostics of intestinal parasites and blood parasites like malaria through "hands-on" practical’s and will give an introduction to so called “rapid tests”. The course will enable the student to work in other countries especially developing countries providing background knowledge of disease prevalence, principles of diagnosis, treatment and a brief introduction to community control and prevention.

Course leader

Eskild Petersen, Aarhus University

Target group

Master students

Course aim

The student will be able to suggest differential diagnosis, diagnostic procedures and first line treatment plans for common infections from different parts of the world including classical tropical medicine. The student will be able to perform diagnostic procedures for intestinal parasites and blood parasites like malaria, and have a working knowledge of rapid diagnostic tests. After the course the student will be able to estimate risk of infections in individuals travelling to a specific area and immigrants to a new country. The student will be able to provide sensible travel advice or know where such information is obtained.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.