School of Public Health


EPI 360 Exploring The Hiv/aids Pandemic (5) I&S NW QSR

Presents a comprehensive overview of the historical, public health, clinical, and biological aspects of HIV infection. Covers impact of AIDS on community and global health care and prospects for prevention and control. Offered: W.

Spring 2021

Line Number Section ID Credits Days/Times Room/Bldg Instructor
14344A5.0Tuesday, Thursday @ 1:00pm - 2:20pmN/AJennifer Velloza
14345AAFriday @ 1:30pm - 2:20pmN/AJennifer Velloza
14346ABFriday @ 1:30pm - 2:20pmN/AJennifer Velloza

Additional Course Details

Examine the epidemiology of the US and global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The course lays the foundation for pursuing a degree and career in public health, epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, or health/medicine. EPI 360 is a great addition to public health and pre-med coursework. No prerequisites.  

Topics Covered

  • HIV/AIDS - understanding where we are and how we got here
  • Epidemiologic tools for understanding the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Clinical aspects of HIV (routes of infection, testing, natural history and treatment)
  • Global and local surveillance: measuring our progress in curbing the epidemic
  • Evolution of the epidemic - biologic, behavioral and social and structural factors that effect HIV acquisition
  • Development and scale-up of HIV treatment
  • Early tools for prevention
  • New and emerging tools for prevention
  • HIV/AIDS and Health Systems

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the historical highlights of the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Explain the role which politics has played in public health responses to HIV/AIDS  
  • Describe the local, national and global epidemiology and quantify the burden of HIV/AIDS
  • Recognize and outline  the importance of social determinants and stigma of HIV/AIDS
  • Describe HIV treatment history and current challenges to treating HIV/AIDS
  • Identify and discuss prevention strategies and interventions
  • Outline HIV pathogenesis  
  • Determine the natural history and clinical manifestations of HIV infection.
  • State and distinguish the types of infection rates, including incidence, and prevalence
  • Identify and explain the key risk factors for infection and transmission
  • Apply knowledge of the legal and ethical issues related to HIV-infected individuals and prevention of infection

Course Format

The course is framed around large lectures and smaller group discussions.    

How You Will Be Evaluated

There will be three quizzes, one midterm exam and one final exam in this class. There will be 5 homework assignments due throughout the quarter. Each student will be responsible for investigating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a given country and writing this as a research paper.    

Contact the Instructors

Jen Balkus (