Academic Courses

The infectivity network of HIV's "Patient Zero"

Topics in HIV is a course designed by Dr. Jean-Luc Benoit and co-taught by several other CCHE faculty members in the Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine. The class is a comprehensive review of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from basic biology and pathogensis to global strategies for eradication and perspectives on the ethics of living with the virus. Dr. Benoit's particular interest in medical student education is reflected in the wide-ranging curriculum that provides even students who will not specialize in HIV care with a solid foundation in the issues facing the field.

Big Problems: Epidemiology & Sociology of HIV/AIDS: A part of The College's interdisciplinary Big Problems capstone course program, this seminar explores the epidemiology and sociology of AIDS with content focusing on local and global case examples. Roughly half of the course is concerned with epidemiological concerns: viral transmission dynamics, bio-behavioral prevention and social network factors in the spread of the virus, while the other half of the course is concerned with social, political, and policy concerns: HIV risk behaviors, clinical and policy interventions to prevent and treat HIV-related diseases, public policies that finance and implement HIV treatment and care, and the challenge of global HIV treatment and prevention. This course is co-taught by two CCHE faculty members, Dr. John Schneider and Dr. Harold Pollack.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Networks & Modeling: This intermediate-level epidemiology course directed by infectious disease epidemiologist-physicians, Dr. John Schneider & Dr. Michael David, provides an up-to-date perspective on forgotten, contemporary and emerging infections. The course lectures and readings provide a rigorous examination of the interactions among pathogens, hosts, and the environment that produce disease in diverse populations. In addition to the demographic characteristics and the behaviors of individuals that are associated with a high risk of infection, we examine complex aspects of the environment as they pertain to disease transmission. These include poverty, globalization, social networks, public health, and racial and ethnic disparities. Methodologic approaches to infectious disease epidemiology that are covered include traditional study designs, molecular epidemiology, social network analysis, modeling, and network science. Local and global approaches are also applied to case studies from the United States, Asia, and Africa.