Course Description

410.693 - Science, Medicine & Policy in Biodefense

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Concentration in Biodefense. Biological warfare is introduced in its historical context, followed by the properties of the most important biological threat agents, their medical consequences and treatment, diagnostics and forensics. Relevant international and domestic policy issues are explored, along with defense strategies and the nature of existing dangers to national security. Students should leave the class with a deep understanding of biological warfare and terror agents, the consequences of their potential use, and the available means of protection. Prerequisites : 410.601 Biochemistry; 410.602 Molecular Biology; 410.603 Advanced Cell Biology I; undergraduate Microbiology or 410.615 Microbiology.