Pathogens and Disease CPU

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Introduction

The DEPCO Enterprise, LLCs Pathogens and Disease CPU introduces students to disease-causing agents and epidemiology. Students culture bacteria and fungi and, using a microscope, examine and classify the microorganisms they grow. Students explore diseases such as smallpox, rabies, and AIDS to better understand the effect of pathogens and disease on the population at large.

In the Pathogens and Disease CPU, students use the microscope to examine water samples for microbes.Through a simulated disease outbreak, students perform the necessary procedures to identify, contain, and control an epidemic. Activities include culturing and identifying bacteria and fungi, analyzing data such as patient interviews and questionnaires, creating an epidemic curve, and calculating attack rate and relative risk for various exposures.

Featured Careers

  • Epidemiologist
  • Microbiologist

Skill Development

Health Science Skills

  • Germ theory
  • Overview of the immune system
  • Collection and examination of contaminated water
  • Bacteria, viruses, and fungi
  • Bioterrorism and the CDC category A agents
  • Descriptive epidemiology including:
    • Graphing and interpreting an epidemic curve
    • Creating and analyzing a spot map
    • Analyzing affected populations
  • Analytic epidemiology including:
    • Performing cohort studies and calculating attack rates
    • Performing case-control studies and calculating relative risk
  • Disease prevention techniques including:
    • Quarantine
    • Variolation, inoculation, and vaccination
    • Aseptic technique

Academic Skills

  • Students study the careers of epidemiologists and bacteriologists.Reading
  • Writing
  • Microbiology
  • Communication
  • History
  • Mathematics - ratios
  • Problem solving

What's Included

  • DEPCO Enterprises LLC Disease courseware CD
  • Pathophysiology textbook
  • Viruses software
  • Protists and Fungi software
  • Bacteria software
  • Bar graphs of e.coli cases worksheet pad
  • Case definition worksheet pad
  • Line listing worksheet pad
  • Epidemic curve worksheet pad
  • Hypothesis worksheet pad
  • Case control study worksheet pad
  • Cohort study raw data worksheet pad
  • Attack rages (cohort study) worksheet pad
  • Microscope
  • Bunsen burner
  • Lab coats
  • Incubator
  • DEPCO Enterprises public health folder
  • Interview and questionnaire sheets
  • Miscellaneous materials and consumables
  • Instructor's Overview
  • DEPCO Studio Media Player

Ordering Information

Pathogens and Disease - HS1052
CPU Objectives