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HST.434 | Evolution of an Epidemic (Study Abroad)

January 14 & 16, 2019 | Cambridge, MA & January 18-28, 2019 | Durban, South Africa

Course Directors: Dr. Bruce D. Walker & Dr. Howard M. Heller
Prerequisite: Application and Permission from Instructor
Open to all years, with priority given to sophomores and above
MIT Units: 3-0-1

Examines the medical, scientific, public health and policy responses to a new disease, by focusing on the evolution of the AIDS epidemic. Begins with a review of how this new disease was first detected in the US, followed by the scientific basis as to how HIV causes profound dysfunction of the body’s immune defense mechanisms, the rational development of drugs, the challenge of an HIV vaccine, and how patient advocacy and public health policy decisions have influenced the course of the global epidemic. Class conducted in Cambridge, MA and Durban, South Africa by MIT instructors. Students must be able to attend all classes in January. Open to students in all Courses. More information...