Based on practical case studies, you'll explore the interplay of viruses with their cellular hosts. Building on this foundation, you'll examine the salient issues associated with viral vaccines, using viruses as the vectors for gene therapy, and therapeutic viruses. Discussions cover antiviral drug development and the problem of drug resistance as well as effectively using antiviral drugs to treat viral disease You'll learn about virus evolution, emerging viruses, the risks and benefits of viral vaccines, the polio eradication campaign, the epidemiology of influenza virus, the progress toward developing an HIV-1 vaccine, and the challenges associated with gene therapy.
Course evaluation consists of a take-home exam and an independent writing assignment on a virus of the student's choice. Some knowledge of molecular biology is desirable, although a desire to appreciate the significance of viruses in real-world settings is sufficient. This course will benefit individuals preparing for career advancement in both clinical and industry roles.Professional Credit: CA BRN/LVN Credit--Provider #CEP13114.