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PHM 461 - Tropical Medicine Pharmacology*


Fall, Spring of every year, starting Spring of 2017.

This integrated course (tropical diseases, pharmacology and public health) will focus on the study of tropical diseases and their pharmacologic treatment.   Disease epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, public health control and prevention.  Drugs of choice for disease treatment and pharmacologic properties will also be featured in this course.  Students will acquire an up-to-date knowledge of tropical diseases and their pharmacologic management.  The course is designed to meet the requirements of those studying biology, microbiology, medicine, nursing, premed, and allied health sciences in both undergraduate and graduate levels.  

PHM 461 Course Modules

  • A general approach to syndromes and symptoms
  • Malaria
  • Visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV infection and disease in the tropics
  • Onchocerciasis, filariasis and loiasis
  • African and South American trypanosomiasis
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Leprosy
  • Amebiasis and Cholera
  • Giardia, intestinal infections, and soil transmitted helminths

PHM 461 Learning Outcomes

Students will be introduced to major concepts such as:

  • Disease epidemiology
  • Identification of disease etiology
  • Disease classification
  • Describe disease signs and symptoms
  • Pathological characteristics
  • Laboratory diagnosis
  • Public health implications
  • Pharmacologic management
  • Analyzing effectiveness of pharmacologic agents
  • Applying knowledge of disease characteristics for control and prevention strategies

Required Textbook

Edited by Nick Beeching and Geoff Gill
Wiley Blackwell, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0470658536
ISBN-10: 0470658533




Dr. Reza Nassiri
served as Associate Dean of Global Health and Director of Institute of International Health at MSUCOM.  He is currently a faculty member at the Departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Family and Community Medicine.  His teaching expertise includes the pharmacology of infectious diseases and tropical medicine.  Scholarly activities include global health issues in the context of infectious diseases, tropical diseases, and public health.  His research interests are biochemical pharmacology of antiviral agents, antibiotic resistance, One Health, HIV/AIDS, and viral hepatitis.


Online Fall & Spring




  • Undergraduate
  • Online MS programs