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HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 100
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60


This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socioeconomical conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed to any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

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