51158 Medical Parasitology (1)

Course Description

This course describes an introduction to parasitology in medical laboratories and quality assurance of tests, features and classification of parasites of medical importance, direct examination of faeces and concentration techniques, identification of feacel protozoan trophozoites, cysts and oocysts, identification of helminth eggs and larvae found in faeces, examination of urine for Shistosoma haematobium eggs.

Learning Objective

  • At the end of this course the student is expected to:
  • 1. Discuss the various types of parasites and hosts in regard to the parasitic life cycles.
  • 2. Explain the relationship between a parasite and the host and their effects.
  • 3. Discuss in detail the classification of medically important parasites.
  • 4. Explain the difference between the Cestodes, Nematodes, Trematodes and protozoa
  • 5. Discuss the pathogenesis and clinical aspects of infections.
  • 6. Describe the general epidemiological aspects and transmission patterns of diseases caused by parasites.
  • 7. Identify the methods and procedures of laboratory diagnosis of pathogenic parasites in clinical specimens.
  • 8. Discuss treatment options for parasitic infections.
  • 9. Implement the preventive and control measures of parasitic infection



Books for this Course

  • Laboratory Practice in tropical Countries Part I By Monica Cheesbrough 2006

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite