Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics
San José, Costa Rica
Area of Study
Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Global Health, Health Science
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed at any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.
This is a course of Environmental Sciences (theoretical and practical) and answers the following question:
What are the characteristics of the insects that threat human health and how can we deal with them in the Tropics?
To answer this question the following aspects will be studied:
Basic concepts of insect biology
Interactions between insects and humans
Main Orders of Insects that affect human health
Diseases vectored by insects
Lice and fleas
Socioeconomic aspects of medical entomology
Historical management of insects
New frontiers in research for insect control
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations