Entomology eLearning Module

Entomology eLearning Module (haga clic aquí para la versión en español)

This eLearning course was made possible through support provided by the Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development, under the terms of an Interagency Agreement with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Unit 1: Introduction to Public Health Entomology

This course will give you an overview on entomology basic concepts and will introduce you to groups of medical importance. Information about vector bionomics and mosquito behavior are included. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the role of Entomology in public health
  2. Identify major characteristics of arthropods
  3. Summarize the mosquito life cycle and behavior
  4. Identify major vectors and their pathogens

Unit 2: Viral Vector-borne Diseases

This course will discuss concepts related to viral vector-borne diseases. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize major viral vector-borne diseases
  2. Identify major characteristics of viral vector-borne diseases and their vectors
  3. Summarize symptoms, treatment, and prevention strategies for these diseases

Unit 3: Parasitic Vector-borne Diseases

This course will discuss concepts related to parasitic vector-borne diseases. It should take approximately 35 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize major parasitic vector-borne diseases
  2. Identify major characteristics of parasitic vector-borne diseases and their vectors
  3. Summarize symptoms, treatment, and prevention strategies for these diseases

Unit 4: Mosquito Surveillance and Monitoring

This course will discuss concepts related to parasitic vector-borne diseases. It should take approximately 35 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize vectors of major importance in Public Health
  2. Identify most used methods for mosquito trapping and collection

Unit 5: Vector Control

This course will present the basics of integrated vector management along with recent tools used to control mosquitoes, as well as new tools under evaluation against vectors of diseases. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Review the vector control interventions used in Public Health
  2. Identify new tools for vector control under evaluation
  3. Summarize the basic concepts of Integrated Vector Management

Unit 6: Insecticide Resistance

This course will discuss how vector control interventions can contribute to reducing the transmission of vector-borne diseases worldwide as well as techniques to evaluate insecticide resistance adult mosquitoes.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the definitions and mechanisms of insecticide resistance
  2. Review the methods used to detect changes in susceptibility of mosquitoes to insecticides
  3. Identify tools currently used to monitor the global distribution of insecticide resistance