Courses Catalogue

Medical Parasitology

COURSE CODE: MCB 2209
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Pharmacy, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Pharmacy
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course focuses on parasites which infect humans and the diseases they cause. The identification, classification, characterization and pathogenicity of parasites belonging to helminths and protozoa are covered in this course.

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

The course provides the fundamental knowledge needed by the student to understand parasites which infect humans and the diseases they cause. This knowledge is essential for effective and adequate management of these parasitic infections for better human health.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Describe the isolation and identify parasites.
  2. Explain the control parasites in vivo and in vitro situations.
  3. Classify drugs used in the management of different parasitic infections (antiprotozoal and antihelminthics) giving examples in each case.
  4. Preserve microorganisms for future studies.
  5. Describe the concept of microbial pathogenicity/virulence.
  6. Classify, characterize and give the pathophysiology of infections caused by medically important parasites and fungi.
  7. Describe the principles of laboratory methods and diagnosis of parasitic infections.