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Disease Ecology, REG-33306

The overarching aim of the course is to offer a current and comprehensive view of the causes and consequences of infectious disease at the levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Primary objectives are that students understand 1) the host-parasite relationship as a key ecological interaction (i.e., analogous to the predator-prey relationship) and 2) the general approaches and specific techniques essential to the study disease ecology.



Language of instruction:



  • Classroom lectures
  • Computer tutorials with instructions
  • Computer modelling
  • Patractical lab and field training
  • Self-study

Continuation courses:

Thesis MFN


  • Reading assigned literature
  • Participating in lectures, practicals, and collaborative activities
  • Modelling diseases
  • Carrying out experiments and analyzing data

Assumed prerequisite knowledge
Ecological interactions, basic physiology, basic microbiology, e.g.,

  • MBI: CBI-20306 Cell Biology and Health, HAP-21806 Behavioural Endocrinology, NEM-20806 Basics of Infectious Diseases
  • MFN: REG-20803 Applied Animal Ecology, REG-20306 Resource Ecology, REG-30306 Animal Ecology
  • MAS: QVE-20306 Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, QVE-30306 Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology, QVE-30806 Management of Infections and Diseases in Animal Populations.


Three main components will contribute equally to the final grade:

  • Short quizzes (daily, digital, and in-class; based on that days materials) and a final examination (based on entire lecture/theory component)
  • Project presentation I (based on computer modelling practical; a daily blog to share triumphs and challenges with classmates and instructors
  • Project presentation II (based on results from field/laboratory practical; a short talk with audio-visual and/or slide (e.g. PowerPoint) support)
  • To pass the course, a minimum grade of 5.5 is required for each component.

Continuation courses:
Thesis MFN, MAS, MBI


A reader will be available, digital and hardcopy.

Link to handbook

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