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TB Notes 1, 2001
TB Education for Undergraduates
"Starting Early: TB Education for Undergraduates" was
the title of a brown bag seminar sponsored by the Field Services
Branch, DTBE, on February 1, 2001. The speaker, Dr. Richard Fluck,
has taught a multidisciplinary, first-year seminar about TB for
2 years at Franklin & Marshall College, a small liberal arts
school in Lancaster, PA. The course approaches TB from the perspectives
of biology, medicine, sociology, economics, history, epidemiology,
public policy, and public health law. Readings include The White
Plague: Tuberculosis, Man, and Society (René and Jean
Dubos), Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician
Should Know, and five papers from the primary and review literature.
The heart of the course is a semester-long project in which groups
of 3-4 students study a topic of their choice and write a pre-proposal,
a proposal, a progress report, and a final paper. Topics have included
TB vaccines, HIV and TB, pediatric TB, DOTS-Plus as a strategy for
treating MDR TB, and the role of public policy in addressing events
such as the outbreaks that occurred in New York City in the late
1980s and early 1990s and the ongoing epidemic in Russia.
As a direct outgrowth of the success of this course, Dr. Fluck
and his students have launched an effort to gather, develop, and
disseminate educational materials about TB in their community. Targeted
audiences include patients at a community clinic and those at a
comprehensive care clinic for HIV/AIDS, the homeless, and migrant
workers. Dr. Fluck is also planning faculty workshops for professors
who are interested in teaching similar courses at other institutions.
One will be offered at Franklin & Marshall College and another
at the National TB Center in Newark, NJ. Dr. Fluck believes that
undergraduate students should learn about TB (and public health)
early in their careers and that these students and their instructors
can be effective partners in the fight against the global TB epidemic.
If you would like a copy of the syllabus for the course or if you
have questions or comments for Dr. Fluck, you can contact him in
writing (Dept. of Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O.B.
3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003 U.S.A.), by telephone (717-291-4152),
by fax (717-399-4548), or by e-mail (email@example.com).
-Submitted by Richard A. Fluck, PhD
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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