Elective Course: Internship in Vaccinology

MICR 6143 Internship in Vaccinology

Course Description

Room: TBA

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Course Directors:
*Permission to enroll is required from all course directors

Alan Barrett, PhD | abarrett@utmb.edu
David Beasley, PhD | dwbeasle@utmb.edu
Gregg Milligan, PhD | gnmillig@utmb.edu

Course Coordinator: Aneth Zertuche | MRB 4.102 | Route 1019 | Extension 76869 | azertuch@utmb.edu

For graduate students, successful applicants must have completed all required BBSC and/or program coursework prior to commencing the internship. Written approval from the mentor is also required.

Course Description:
The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD), in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters, sponsors an annual internship program.

The UTMB-based internship program will form the basis of this course.  Students will participate in the preparation of a report on a specific infectious diseases and vaccines topic that will be submitted to the WHO as a background/briefing document for use by one of their expert committees. Students will work in small groups (2 or 3 students) under the supervision of a SCVD member to research and prepare the document.  Activities associated with that work will be performed over an approximately 3-month period, concurrent with the trainee's regular educational and research activities. It is estimated that this will involve 2 contact hours per week with the mentor plus 6 to 8 hours of independent time per week for document search and review, or writing.

Course Credit Hours:
1 credit hour

Course Objectives:
The course objectives are for students to:

  1. Participate in team-based approaches to document and data review
  2. Gain a first-hand understanding of decision making processes for global public health policy, particularly as it pertains to development and use of vaccines

Course Outline:

Week 1Introduction to internship task; Definition
Week 2Assignment of research/writing responsibilities; Discussion
Week 3Literature/data search; Discussion of search outcomes
Week 4Literature/data search; Discussion of search outcomes
Week 5Development of skeleton document
Week 6Report writing; Discussion
Week 7Report writing; Discussion
Week 8First draft of report sections due; Compilation and discussion
Week 9Report writing; Discussion
Week 10Report writing; Discussion
Week 11Final draft of compiled report due; Discussion
Week 12Proofing, formatting and editing of compiled report; Discussion
Week 13Peer evaluation and discussion of positive outcomes, pitfalls and challenges

Grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) will be based on participation, attendance, completion of assigned task(s), evaluations/feedback received from UTMB mentor(s), and submission of a final report to the SCVD by the student summarizing their internship experience and outcomes.

*Any appeals for grading changes must be submitted to the instructors responsible for the writing and grading of the question within 5 business days after the return of the graded assessment to the student.  The instructors must report any grade changes to the course director.

Textbook and Reading Materials:
There is no required textbook for this course. Mentors will assign general and specific reading, literature/data search and review tasks as appropriate to the requirements of the internship project.