70782 - Tropical Pathologies: Diagnosis

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  • Teacher Stefania Varani

  • Credits 1

  • SSD MED/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme 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)

  • Course Timetable from Jan 16, 2024 to Jan 23, 2024


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

The student should recognize the main characteristics of virus, protozoa and  helminths that are responsible for neglected  infections, their transmission routes,  the main diagnostic methods for identification  and surveillance of these microorganisms 

Course contents


-  Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

-  Leishmaniasis

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

- Infection caused by intestinal helminths: Soil-transmitted helminths, strongyloidiasis, infections caused by Taenia spp.

-  Schistosomiasis



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Teaching methods

In class lectures

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