53116 Medical Entomology

Course Description

Insects and other arthropods are important as direct and indirect causes of disease in many animals including humans. As ectoparasites and blood-feeders, they produce mild to life-threatening bite reactions, unsightly and distressing skin conditions such as mange and scabies, and the immature stages may even inhabit and grow in living tissues. Arthropods also carry a wide range of pathogens either passively (mechanically) or biologically as part of the pathogen's sometimes complex and elegant life-cycle. Some of the most feared and historically-significant diseases of humanity are arthropod-borne. These include bubonic plague, typhus, yellow fever, dengue, malaria, Lyme disease, and many others. Disease-causing agents carried by insects include viruses, rickettsiae, bacteria and protozoan parasites. In this course we will study insects and other arthropods and their relationships to disease causation and transmission.

Learning Objective

  • After completion of the course the student will be acquainted with :
  • 1. Identify existing public health problem with regard to arthropods.
  • 2. List the common characteristics for identification of arthropods
  • 3. Taxonomy of arthropods
  • 4. Arthropods habitats
  • 5. Insect’s diversity
  • 6. External and internal morphology of insect
  • 7. Functions of different part of insects
  • 8. Insect growth
  • 9. Environmental factors on development of insects.
  • 10. Defense mechanism of insects



Books for this Course

  • 1. Medical Entomology notes, Mohamed Sheikh Isack (2014)
  • 2. Medical Entomology: A Textbook on P. H & Vit. Caused by Arthropods By B.F. Eldridge, John Edman

Times Offered

  • February 2016
  • June 2016

Course Prerequisite