The course consists of two parts: i) infectious diseases and ii) vaccines.
The part on 'infectious diseases' first provides an overview of the mechanisms that enable micro-organisms to cause infections. Subsequently, the course considers the clinical aspects of the most important infections on the basis of organ systems: nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastro-intestinal and reproductive system. The emphasis is on the pathogenesis and diagnostics of infectious diseases. Prevention and treatment options are also discussed in brief.
The course component on 'vaccines' first deals with the clinical and epidemiological aspects of vaccinatable infectious diseases, and subsequently considers the benefits of specific vaccines and of vaccination in general. The classic vaccination schedules shall provide a basis for further discussion. The course also considers the composition and production of a number of important vaccines.