(ENTOM 4521 Laboratory 1 cr. )

This course is a requirement for the MPH infectious disease track and the  MS concentration in Entomology as part of the Northeast Regional Center for Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD) program. (This course is suitable for Entomology, Biology and pre-medical students; however, students may also consider the broader survey course, ENTOM 3520 -Medical and Veterinary Entomology – to fulfill their interests as well).  Students interested in Veterinary Medicine should take ENTOM 3520.

ENTOM 4520, Introduction to Disease Vectors, introduces vector taxonomy, evolution, biology, behavior, and the history of vectorborne disease control, with an emphasis on the Northeast USA. Some lectures will be taught by NEVBD collaborators and experts in vector control/public health via video link. Through a series of lectures and active learning projects, students will gain knowledge of the latest surveillance approaches, control methods, and challenges for controlling vectorborne diseases, which they will explore in greater detail through subsequent course offerings. In this course, students will gain an understanding of arthropod biology, body plan, organ systems, behavior and physiology, infection biology and immunity.  Students will also gain practical skills with arthropod identification and demonstrate a solid understanding of disease vector evolutionary relationships. In addition, students will learn how to apply knowledge gained from the class in future roles as public health practitioners, or simply as informed citizens.

ENTOM 4521 is the laboratory class which complements the lecture component.  Students are not required to take the laboratory class unless they want it to fulfill a Group A course in the Entomology Major.

Fall 2019.  ENTOM 2100/BSOC 2101: Co-taught with Dr. Marina Caillaud. 

Plagues and People. 2-3cr.

 The goal of the course is to provide students with an appreciation of the co-evolution of pathogens, parasites and their arthropod vectors; anthropogenic changes in the environment that have facilitated the appearance of plagues; and the impact plagues have had on human suffering and cultures throughout history to the present day. The course can be taken for 2 or 3 credits. Students taking the course for 2 credits will attend 2 lectures each week and will have a midterm and final exam. Students taking the course for three credits will participate in one section of discussion each week and  complete weekly readings, quizzes, and will have a comprehensive final project.

Spring 2020

ENTOM 6520 Malaria Biology and Control

Malaria represents one of the most daunting global health challenges of the 21st century. Understanding this disease and the biological, social, and epidemiological dimensions of its persistence can aid future global health practitioners in their efforts to eradicate malaria and the many health and economic burdens it creates. This course will delve into the biology of malaria parasites and their interactions with vertebrate and invertebrate hosts during the different phases of their complex life cycles.  Global disease trends, prospects for reducing disease burdens, and the most promising and innovative approaches currently in use or under development to control malaria transmission will be explored.


ENTOM 6530 (Control of Disease Vectors) introduces the history of vector-borne disease control with an emphasis on the Northeast USA. The Integrated Pest Management approach for control of arthropod vectors will be thoroughly discussed, including application methodologies, public outreach and education, insecticide resistance and potential future technology. Some lectures will be taught by experts in vector control/public health via video link.

Not offered until Fall 2021. ENTOM 3520: Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 3cr.

 (1 cr. laboratory component, ENT 3521)

This course offers a contemporary overview of insects and related forms and how they impact human and animal health. Concepts in medicine, entomology, genetics and evolution will be discussed within the context of public health. This is a good course for students interested in vector biology, medical school or careers in veterinary medicine. Undergraduate and graduate students from entomology as well as other disciplines including pre-medical and veterinary students are encouraged to enroll. Introductory biology (BIO G 101-102) or consent from the instructor is a pre-requisite for the course.


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