Course Description

Course Name

Defence and Disease

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

36 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Course entry requirements: Any two second year MCB semester courses, MAM1004F (or MAM1000W), STA1007S or STA1000F/S.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline:
This course will introduce the vertebrate immune system and its components such as MHC cell structure and pathogen recognition. The immune systems of invertebrates and plants will then be examined. The focus will switch to the three major disease challenges in South Africa, HIV, TB and malaria, and host-pathogen interactions. Finally, the course will focus on strategies to produce vaccines that enable immunity to viral infection.

*Course content subject to change