70782 - Tropical Pathologies: Diagnosis

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

Learning outcomes

The student should recognize the main characteristics of virus, bacteria, protozoa and helminths that are responsible for tropical infections, their transmission routes, the pathogenic mechanisms and the main diagnostic methods for identification of these microorganisms.

Course contents


-  Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

-  Leishmaniasis

-  Arthropod-borne viral infections: Zika virus, Dengue virus, Chikungunya virus

-  Intestinal helminthiasis (geo-helminthiasis)

-  Schistosomiasis

-  Filariasis


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Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The final exam consists of a questionnaire with multiple choice questions. The test contains 21 multiple choice questions, the time available to the student for the written test is 30 minutes. The questions will be on topics related to the course. For each quiz there is only one correct answer. The score that will be calculated is +1.5 for each correct answer and 0 if the answer is wrong or absent. The test is passed with a minimum score of 18/30 (corresponding to 12 correct answers). A grade will not be given but the test will only result as passed / failed. During the test the use of support material such as textbooks, notes, computer supports is not allowed.

Teaching tools

Slides will be online available at the beginning of each lecture. The teaching material is available at https://virtuale.unibo.it/ by using student's username and password

Office hours

See the website of Stefania Varani


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.