Course Objective

This course aims to provide students with a wide knowledge and
understanding of medical parasitology. The course focuses on:
• Transmission;
• The role of parasites and host(s) on the outcome of disease;
• Immunological aspects;
• (Laboratory) diagnosis of parasites;
• Epidemiology, treatment and prevention of parasitological diseases.

Course Content

This course will focus on Medical Parasitology.
The lectures will provide an overview of life cycles, virulence factors,
interactions between parasites and their host(s); invasion, survival,
immune modulation and underlying molecular mechanisms, diagnosis
(development and application), epidemiology, vaccines, control and
elimination of parasites that are of medical importance.
The lectures will be interactive and should therefore be prepared by
reading the corresponding literature.
Your input in the lectures will be of utmost importance. In addition,
some lectures will be given by guest speakers.

Specific teaching goals:
After this course you will have learned the principles of medical
parasitology and will be able to:
• Apply these principles to different parasite groups;
• Describe parasite life cycles using correct terminology;
• Identify the role of the host and parasite (virulence factors) on the
outcome of an infection and disease;
• Describe the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in parasite
• Describe different diagnostic techniques and able to name the
advantages and disadvantages of different diagnostic techniques;
• Describe the principles for treatment- and prevention programmes for
parasitological infections of medical importance;
• Analyse literature in the parasitology research field; to discuss and
present the literature.

Teaching Methods

Students will have (interactive) guest lectures covering all aspects of
medical parasitology followed by discussion groups or in-class
assignments.In discussion groups students will be expected to
demonstrate an in-depth understanding of medically important parasites.
They will also have to present selected articles during two sessions and
they will have the opportunity to perform a practical in parasite
In the final week students will present a grant application on a
parasite of choice during an elevator pitch. At the end of the course
students will have to prepare and
actively participate in a debate on a selected parasitological topic.
All workgroup-sessions are compulsory.
An written examination will take place after week 4.

Lectures: 30 hours
Workgroups:16 hours
Practical parasite identification: 4 hours

Method of Assessment

You will pass the course if you have attended all compulsory sessions,
if all assignments are sufficient and the exam is above 5,5 (so not
You can earn up to 1 point on top of your final grade if you have an
outstanding performance on all assignments (diagnosis- and virulence
session, elevator pitch and debate) and the exam is above 5,5.

Entry Requirements

Immunology, Infectious diseases



Target Audience

Obligatory course within the MSc Infectious disease specialisation
Health Sciences; Optional course within the MSc programmes of Biomedical

Additional Information

Several guest lecturers will be invited to teach on Medical

Recommended background knowledge

Basic cell biology and basic immunology

General Information

Course Code AM_470052
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. M. van der Hoeven
Examiner dr. M. van der Hoeven
Teaching Staff dr. M. van der Hoeven
dr. M.R. van Dijk
dr. M. Campos Ponce

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Computer lab, Lecture, Practical

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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