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BIO 249/SSA651: Epidemiology and Sociology of HIV/AIDS: Local and Global Considerations

Professors John Schneider, Harold Pollack

Tuesday 9-11:50 // Foster 505
John Schneider MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Departments of Medicine and Health Studies
Office hrs: By appointment

Harold Pollack PhD

Social Services Administration
6011 Ingleside
Office hrs: Tues 12-1:00 or by appointment

Lance Keene (PhD candidate)

Teaching Assistant
Social Services Administration
969 East 60th Street
Basement East side
Office hrs: Wed 12-2pm or by appointment
As the title suggests, this seminar course explores the epidemiology and sociology of AIDS with content
focusing on local and global case examples. Roughly half the course will be concerned with epidemiological
concerns: viral transmission dynamics, bio-behavioral prevention and social network factors in the spread of the
virus. Roughly half the course will be concerned with social, political, and policy concerns: HIV risk behaviors,
clinical and policy interventions to prevent and treat HIV-related diseases, public policies that finance and
implement HIV treatment and care, and the challenge of global HIV treatment and prevention.
Gerald J. Stine, AIDS Update (2014 edition)
Additional readings, provided by instructors and available on chalk.
Course Requirements:
Careful reading of materials, weekly postings (by Sunday 6pm), active classroom participation, and a final
project are the key requirements. Students will develop the final project over the term. It will include a poster
presentation. We have a midterm prospectus which introduces the topic each group will cover for the class.
Each student is also responsible to present at least one in-class discussion of a supplementary reading.
Classroom participation: 20 percent
Postings: 20 percent
Final paper prospectus (Midterm): 20 percent
Final assignment: 40 percent
Students may complete the final project in groups. Group work is expected to be somewhat more extensive than
an assignment completed by a single person.

Class sessions
January 3: Part I. Introduction to the course (Pollack and Schneider). Reading: AIDS Update, chapters 1 and 2.
Part II. HIV Transmission Basics. Reading: AIDS Update, chapter 8. (Schneider).
HIV transmission and biomedical prevention
January 10 (May Change based upon unique learning opportunity): Part I. Nuts and bolts of HIV transmission
and how to prevent an early transmission event. Reading: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS 2010, 5:29129;
Lancet Infect Dis 2008; 9: 553-63 Lancet Infect Dis 2009; 9: 11829; AIDS Update chapter 9 (PrEP)
Part II. Epidemiology of HIV Transmission Global and Local Perspectives. Reading: BMC Medicine 2006,
4:31 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-4-31; Global AIDS Update, UNAIDS 2016; AIDS Update chapter 10 (Schneider)
January 17: Part I. Men who have sex with men in South India and South Chicago: the role of social, sexual
and risk networks. Reading: AIDS Update chapters 8 (MSM), 13; Soc Sci Med. 2015 Jan;125:192-202;
American Journal of Public Health. 2012 Jan;103(1):e28-3; AIDS and Behavior. 2014 18(2) 335-345; AIDS
and Behavior. 2012 16(2): 350-359.
Optional: Achieving an AIDS Free Generation for Gay Men and other MSM; amfAR (Schneider)
Part II. Families of Chicago (FOC) Guest
January 24: Part I. Frontline: The Age of AIDS. (Pollack)
Part II. Presentation on paper prospectus
January 31: Part I. TBA
Part II. Emerging Epidemics. Reading. JAIDS. 2015 69(4); 499-508; N Engl J Med. 2015;373:13791380; N
Engl J Med. 2015;373:397399. BMC Medicine 2006, 4:31 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-4-31 AIDS Update chapter
9 (Schneider)
February 7: Part I. Prospectus presentation (please see prospectus assignment description)
Part II. Syringe exchange and harm reduction in wealthy societies. Reading: Stine chapters 8 and 9. Pollack,
Choose your poison. (Pollack)
February 14: Linking epidemiology to policy in HIV prevention. (Epidemiology reading packet). Readings:
Love Undetectable, introduction, pp. 1-89. (Pollack)
February 21: Challenges of HIV/AIDS care in wealthy societies. Reading: Institute of Medicine, Public
Financing and Delivery of HIV/AIDS Care (pp 36-141). (Pollack)
February 28: The challenges of HIV care in resource-challenged societies. (UNAIDS reading packet). (Pollack
and Schneider)
March 7: Review (Keene, Schneider, Pollack)
March 13 (tentative): Final poster session