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Medical Parasitology and Mycology

Educational field

 

The department has trained and graduated more than 1000 students in MSc, PhD courses. At the moment using about 19 academic staff members, not only the department accepts national applicants but also has started to accept and train international applicants among them students in MSc, PhD and post doctoral might be named. Training the technician of malaria within the region of EMRO is under the task of the department and lots of educated persons from different countries have passed these courses in collaboration with WHO. The backbone of Iranian Society of Parasitology and Iranian Society of Mycology has originated from this department and in fact the strategy and perspective of Parasitology and Mycology take shape within this department.


Tehran University of Medical Sciences
School of Public Health
Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology

 MSc in Medical Parasitology                      

 

 

 

School of Public Health

Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology

Title: Medical Parasitology

Degree: M.Sc.

Duration: 2-2.5 years

Introduction:

The field of Medical Parasitology is a branch of Medical sciences which deals with those organisms that have become dependent on human body. Parasites can cause important illnesses. For this reason, parasitology is a major course of study; MSc Students in Medical Parasitology learn more about life cycle of parasites, epidemiology, transmission routs, pathogenesis, symptom of disease, diagnosis, prevention and other control measures. This will be achieved through gaining of a matrix of skills acquired from theoretical and practical courses with emphasis on laboratory activities.

History:

About 1000 years ago Avicenna described some protozoan disease with special symptoms.  Nowadays scientists achieved new approaches for diagnosing and treatments parasitic disease due to developments in knowledge, so definition of species and isolates can be easily available.

 

Aim:

The main mission of the course is training people in Medical Parasitology. This multidisciplinary field can lead to a career as a parasitologist in fields like diagnosing the agent of parasitic-infectios diseases, control strategies, research, facilitate and train others.

 

Outcomes and Principal roles and tasks of the Graduates:

 

-Service activities: including participate in control and preventation programs of parasitic disease, doing parasitic exams and report of the exams in clinical laboratory.

- Educational Activities: preparing parasitic samples, teaching for B.sc. students and help in teaching for graduates.

- Research activities: coordinating in parasitic research project.

Conditions of Admission to the Course:

A bachelor of science degree (BSc) in one of the field of Parasitology, Entomology, Microbiology, Immunology, Laboratory Sciences, Veterinary Laboratory Sciences, General Biology and Biology in trend of other fields (Animal Science, Cellular sciences, Molecular sciences and Microbiology) and Genetic can participate for this course.

Educational Strategies:

 Educational Strategies will be:

-          A combination of student-and teacher-centered learning.

-          A combination of theorical- and practical learning in order to train skilled graduates.

-          Using reference books and net for answers to scientific questions.

-          Attending in seminars and conferences.

-          Chosing a parasitic problem and working in the field and lab as a thesis.

 

Student Assessment:

Periodic, monitoring the progress and complatin the thesis

 

 

Total Number of the Credits:

The course credits totals 32 including:

Kind of Credits

Total Number of Credits

The core credits

21

The noncore credits

3

Writing dissertation

8

Total

32

 

 

Table A: compensatory Courses in the Medical Parasitology M.Sc. Degree

Course code

Course name

No. of Credits

Teaching hours

Prerequisite

course

Total

Theory

practical

Total

Theory

practical

 

1

In parasitological lab work

1

-

1

51

-

51

 

2

General Medical Protozology

2

1

1

51

17

34

01

3

General Medical Helmintology

2

1

1

51

17

34

01

4

Medical Entomology

2

1

1

51

17

34

 

5

Biostatistics

2

2

-

34

34

-

 

6

General Bacteriology­­

2

1

1

51

17

34

 

7

General Mycology

2

1

1

51

17

34

 

8

Immunology(1)

2

2

-

34

34

-

 

9

General Hematology

2

1

1

51

17

34

 

10

Medical biochemistry

2

1

1

51

17

34

 

11

General Genetic

2

2

-

34

34

-

 

12

Molecular and Cellular Biology

2

2

-

34

34

-

 

13

Principle in Health system

2

2

-

34

34

-

 

14

Human Histology

2

1

1

51

17

34

 

15

Medical Information Systems*

1

0.5

0.5

26

9

17

 

 

 

29

19

10

681

324

357

 

Students should pass 12 credits from table-1  

*it is necessary to pass for all students

 

Table B: Core Courses in the Medical Parasitology M.Sc. Degree

Course code

Course name

No. of Credits

Teaching hours

Prerequisite

course

Total

Theory

practical

Total

Theory

practical

 

16

Immunology(2)

2

1

1

51

17

34

08&10

17

Principle of Epidemiology

2

2

 

34

34

-

-

18

Lab Animal in Parasitology

1

0.5

0.5

26

9

17

-

19

Protozoology 1

3

2

1

68

34

34

02

20

Helminthology1

3

2

1

68

34

34

03

21

Protozoology 2

3

2

1

68

34

34

02

22

Helminthology2

3

2

1

68

34

34

03

23

Using computer for the Health data analysis

2

1.5

0.5

43

26

17

05&15

24

Research approaches in health system

2

1

1

51

17

34

23

25

Field work

2

-

2

136

-

136

19,20,21,22

26

Seminar

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

24

15

9

 

 

 

-

 

School of Public Health 
   

Title: Medical Parasitology

Degree: Ph.D

Duration: 4.5-5 years

 

Introduction

 

1- The definition of course and relevant level

Ph.D degree in Medical Parasitology is the highest level of education and is an old field that deals with parasitic animal species, mostly live in or on the human body and cause infection or diseases which are dangerous for human health and life. Some of the parasites cause common diseases among human and animals.

 

 2- The history of course

Medical Parasitology is an old course that scientists and researchers have been studying on parasitic diseases. Sheikh Abu Ali Sina (Avicenna) about one thousand years ago, observed a number of parasites in the human body. He defined some of them (such as worms) which were visible by eye. Also, Avicenna noted signs of some parasitic diseases that their agents were not visible at that time. Parasitic diseases are important among other infectious diseases because despite of many efforts to combat them in the world are still causing mortality and irreparable difficulties in human society.

 

3-The values and beliefs

Several studies were performed in various fields of parasitic diseases by using new technologies and advanced sciences such as Taxonomy, Immunology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology, Biotechnology, Pharmacology and Genetics. They helped not only to identify parasites, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and control of some parasitic diseases but also illustrated the important of a number of

 

other parasitic diseases, including immergence and reemergence diseases. The importance of scientific progress in the field of parasitic diseases in the world shows the need of development educational programs for training of Ph.D in Medical Parasitology in the country. Also this important subject is necessary and should be noted in training of specialists for health services research in this course.

 

4- Mission

The mission of the program of Parasitology Ph.D degree is training of experts and specialists in this course of the basic medical sciences. These people do activities and give services to promote scientific research and education in Medical Parasitology. On the other hand, they effort in solving the problems of parasites for maintenance of health.

 

5- Vision

The graduates of this course will be able to use the most modern achievements of science and related fields in Medical Parasitology for training and research programs, health services and laboratory activities. They can use their information, skills and creativity in problem solving and problems in the field of identifying parasites parasitic agents and laboratory diagnosis, prevention and control of diseases caused by them.

 

6- General purpose

(A)               Training of specialists, researchers and teachers to performance the duties of teaching, research and service in the field of Medical Parasitology for medical universities and other institutions of higher education, research and services in the country.
(B)         Training experts whom in collection, evaluation, innovation, production, development and transfer of science and technology in the field of Medical Parasitology and related disciplines will be formidable.

 

7. The role of graduates

1. Servicing
2. Educational
3. Research

 

8- Graduates' professional tasks:

8-1  Servicing:
- Cooperation with executive institutes and services in identifying, combating and control of parasitic diseases.
- Report the results of studies and projects carried out to the executive managers to use in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control of parasitic diseases.
- Evaluation of operations executive health programs in the field of prevention and control of parasitic diseases.

8-2  Educational:
- Participation in planning and developing courses of parasitology at different levels of academic education.
- Participation and monitoring of the implementation and evaluation of educational programs at the Medical Parasitology training courses.
- Organization and management of teaching and working with clinicians and other clinical and laboratory sciences.
- Teaching of theoretical and practical courses of Medical Parasitology in postgraduate, General Doctorate of Medical Sciences, undergraduate and postgraduate courses,
Laboratory Sciences Technicians and BSc.

8-3  Research:
-
The organization and management of research.
- Design and conduct research projects and participation in the action planning.

- Cooperation with other specialists and researchers in the field of research.
- Regarding the parasitic diseases’ problems in selection of basic and applied research projects.

 - Establishment of practical techniques in the identification of pathogenic human parasites and laboratory diagnosis of parasitic infections.

 

9. Operational strategies of educational programs:

Strategies of Curriculum Ph.D Parasitology are as follows:
- Teach both theoretical and practical laboratory to training the people whom will be expert in these fields.

- Selection of different topics in the field of Medical Parasitology and related courses for each of the students to study and report on the seminar.

- Selection of topics in the field of Medical Parasitology for practical laboratory project, performance of it by students, and report its results in a scientific article.

- Active participation of students in conferences of parasitology and related courses.
- Student use of electronic networks, web sites, books and scientific articles related to the field of parasitology and related courses.

- Participation of students for education, research and service laboratory in Department of Parasitology in their university of medical sciences.

 

10. The conditions and admission of students:

Having the general conditions for admission Ph.D student based on the terms and conditions of the High Council for Medical Sciences.

Masters degree holders in one of the courses of Medical Parasitology, Laboratory Medicine, Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Medicine, GP (Medicine and Pharmacy), DVM, Laboratory Sciences can entrance in exam of this Ph.D course.

 

Table A- Compensatory courses for Ph.D of Medical Parasitology

No.

Course Title

Theory

Practical

Total

Prerequisite course code

Unit

Time

Unit

Time

Unit

Time

 

1

Human Anatomy

1.5

26

0.5

17

2

43

-

2

Zoonotic  Parasites

2

34

-

-

2

34

11, 12,13,14

3

Medical Entomology

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

4

*Medical  Information Systems

0.5

9

0.5

17

1

26

-

5

Biostatistics Methods

2

34

-

-

2

34

-

6

Clinical Biochemistry

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

7

Human Histology

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

8

Immunology 2

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

9

Principles of Epidemiology

2

34

-

-

2

34

-

10

Laboratory Animals & its Application in Parasitology 

0.5

9

0.5

17

1

26

-

11

Protozoology (1)

2

34

1

34

3

68

-

12

Helminthology (1)

2

34

1

34

3

68

-

13

Protozoology (2)

2

34

1

34

3

68

-

14

Helminthology (2)

2

34

1

34

3

68

-

15

Applicable Biostatistics & Utilization of Computer in Health Data Analysis

1.5

26

0.5

17

2

43

-

16

Introductory Hematology

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

17

Human Histology

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

18

Cellular & Molecular Biology

2

34

-

-

2

34

-

19

Introductory Bacteriology

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

20

Introductory Medical Mycology

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

Total

27.5

 

14.5

 

42

 

 

-          Code Nos. 03 to 20 are accordance with compensatory and core courses headings of latest approved curriculum of M.Sc. of Parasitilogy.

-          Student requires Passing Maximum of 12 units of compensatory courses (Table 1) by the decision of the department and confirmation of the University Postgraduate Committee.

*All students are require passing this course as compensatory course, if they have not passed it during M.Sc. 

 

Table B. Core courses for Ph.D of Medical Parasitology

No.

Course Title

Theory

Practical

Total

Prerequisite course code

Unit

Time

Unit

Time

Training

Unit

Time

 

21

Clinical & Diagnostic Hematology

1

17

1

34

-

2

51

16

22

Physiology of Parasites

2

34

-

-

-

2

34

-

23

Applicable Immunoparasitology

1

17

1

34

-

2

51

8,11,12,13,14

24

Histopathology of Parasitic Infections

1

17

1

34

-

2

51

11,12,13,14,17

25

Advanced & Applicable Biochemistry in Medical Parasitology

1

17

1

34

-

2

51

6

26

Advanced-Applicable & Research Protozoology

0.5

9

1.5

51

-

2

60

11,13

27

Advanced–Applicable & Research Helminthology

0.5

9

1.5

51

-

2

60

12,14

28

Principles of Biotechnology & its Application in Parasitology

1

17

1

34

-

2

51

18

29

Advanced & Applicable Epidemiology

2

34

-

-

-

2

34

5 , 9

30

Clinical & Diagnostic Parasitology

1

17

1

34

-

2

51

11, 12, 13, 14

31

Taxonomy of Parasites & Utilization of Conventional and New Techniques in Identification & Classification of Parasites

1.5

26

0.5

17

-

2

43

6,8,11,12,13,14,16,20,25

32

Training

-

-

-

136

2

2

136

-

33

Project & Seminar **

2

34

-

-

-

2

32

-

Total

14.5

 

9.5

 

2

26

 

 

 

 

 

Table C. Non Core Courses for Ph.D. of Medical Parasitology

No.

Course Title

Theory

Practical

Total

Prerequisite course code

Unit

Time

Unit

Time

Unit

Time

 

34

Parasite, Nutrition & Food Health

2

34

-

-

2

34

-

35

Pharmacology of Anti- Parasitic Drugs

2

34

-

-

2

34

11,12,13,14

36

Electron Microscopy

1.5

26

0.5

17

2

43

-

37

Practical Bacteriology

-

-

2

68

2

68

19

38

Advanced & Applicable Mycology

1

17

1

34

2

51

20

39

Principles of Malacology & conflict Management

1

17

1

34

2

51

-

Total

7.5

128

4.5

153

12

281

 

 

Student requires Passing 4 units of above courses (Table C) in coordance with the thesis Subject, by  agreement of the supervisor and confirmation of the university Postgraduate Committee


School of Public Health

Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology

Title: Medical Mycology

Degree: M.Sc.

Duration: 2-2.5 years

Introduction:

The field of Medical Mycology is a branch of Medical sciences which deals with those organisms that have become dependent on human body.

Aim:

The main mission of the course is training people in Medical Mycology. This multidisciplinary field can lead to a career as a fungi in fields like diagnosing the agent of fungi-infections diseases, control strategies, research, facilitate and train others.

 

Outcomes and Principal roles and tasks of the Graduates:

 

-Service activities: including participate in control and preventation programs of fungi disease, doing fungi exams and report of the exams in clinical laboratory.

- Educational Activities: preparing fungi samples, teaching for B.sc. students and help in teaching for graduates.

- Research activities: coordinating in medical fungi and mycosis research project.

Conditions of Admission to the Course:

A bachelor of science degree (BSc) in one of the field of mycology, Entomology, Microbiology, Immunology, Laboratory Sciences, Veterinary Laboratory Sciences, General Biology and Biology in trend of other fields (Animal Science, Cellular sciences, Molecular sciences and Microbiology) and Genetic can participate for this course.

 

Student Assessment:

Periodic, monitoring the progress and complatin the thesis

 

The Courses in the Medical Mycology M.Sc. Degree

2

Epidemiology

2

Research methods

2

General Medical Parasitology

3

Statistics method

3

Introduction to medical mycology

2

Immunomycology

3

Superficial and cutaneous mycoses

3

Subcutaneous and submucosal mycoses

1

Systemic mycoses infection

1

Project and seminar

2

Training in lab

1

Laboratory animals

6

Thesis

 

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Title: Medical Mycology

Degree: Ph.D

Duration: 4.5-5 years

 

Introduction

 

The definition of course and relevant level

Ph.D degree in Medical Mycology is the highest level of education.

 

Mission

The mission of the program of Mycology Ph.D degree is training of experts and specialists in this course of the basic medical sciences. These people do activities and give services to promote scientific research and education in Medical Mycology. On the other hand, they effort in solving the problems of medical fungi for maintenance of health.

 

Vision

The graduates of this course will be able to use the most modern achievements of science and related fields in Medical Mycology for training and research programs, health services and laboratory activities. They can use their information, skills and creativity in problem solving and problems in the field of identifying fungi and laboratory diagnosis, prevention and control of diseases caused by them.

 

General purpose

(A) Training of specialists, researchers and teachers to performance the duties of teaching, research and service in the field of Medical mycology for medical universities and other institutions of higher education, research and services in the country.
(B) Training experts whom in collection, evaluation, innovation, production, development and transfer of science and technology in the field of Medical Mycology and related disciplines will be formidable.

 

The role of graduates

1. Servicing

2. Educational

3. Research

The courses for Ph.D of Medical Mycology

 

1

Medical information systems

 

Introduction to medical mycology

3

Systemic mycoses infection

2

Subcutaneous and submucosal mycoses

3

Superficial and cutaneous mycoses

3

Fungal pathogenesis

2

Fungal physiology

2

Epidemiology of fungal diseases

2

Histopathology of fungal diseases

3

Immunomycology

1

Dermatology

3

Advanced and applicable biochemistery in mycology

2

Anti fungal drugs and mechanisms of action

2

Applicable and diagnostic mycology

1

Disinfectants, antiseptic and pereservatives

1

Project and seminar

2

Training in lab

1

Electronic microscopic training

1

Bio informatics

2

Biotechnology and molecular methods in medical mycology

1

Fungus-nutrition and food heygin

1

Mycotoxins and mycotoxicosis

2

Research methods in health sciences

3

Advanced bio statistics method

2

Epidemiology and prevention of disease

1

Laboratory animals

2

Immunology in medical mycology

2

Histology

2

Applicable biostatistics and utilization of computer in analysis of health data

1

Health information systems

2

Cellular and molecular biology

2

Fungal genetics

4

pathogenesis of mycosis

2

Electronic microscope

2

Immunomycology

12

Thesis