Global Disease Biology

(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

Department of Plant Pathology

Program Office. 150 Hutchison Hall; 530-754-7277; http://gdb.ucdavis.edu/

Master Advisor. Johan H.J. Leveau, Ph.D., Professor (Plant Pathology)

Faculty. Includes members of the Departments of Plant Pathology; Veterinary Medicine, School of; Medicine, School of.

(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

Department of Plant Pathology

Program Office. 150 Hutchison Hall; 530-754-2281; http://gdb.ucdavis.edu/

Master Advisor. Johan H.J. Leveau, Ph.D., Professor (Plant Pathology)

Faculty. Includes members of the Departments of Plant Pathology; Veterinary Medicine, School of; Medicine, School of.

The Major Program

The Global Disease Biology (GDB) major offers students the opportunity to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants, and the environment. The program uses an integrated approach to advance student understanding of the concept(s) of disease, the societal and personal impacts of past, present and future diseases, and the science behind disease discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The program recognizes the interconnectedness of people, animals, plants, and the environment and aims to identify and address the fundamental causes of poor health around the world. Managing global disease problems requires a multifaceted, holistic approach to address the full spectrum of human, animal, plant, and environmental health risks (also known as a One Health approach). Throughout a series of core courses, issues related to human, animal, and plant health, along with tools available to solve these problems, will be introduced to provide students with real-world scenarios in which they can apply and advance their creative and critical thinking skills. The major prepares graduates with the knowledge, leadership skills and experiences required to excel in professions associated with global health, the environment, food safety and security, biological safety and security, and health policy. For more information, see http://gdb.ucdavis.edu.

The Program. The Global Disease Biology major provides students with broad preparatory scientific course work, global disease biology core classes, flexibility in upper division electives, and a strong research experience. Global Disease Biology core classes are intended to be transdisciplinary and focus on concepts that cut across human, animal, and plant diseases offering a unifying ecological and quantitative perspective on disease. Students plan their chosen emphasis of study as part of a required discussion course and in consultation with their advisor. Students will draw from many undergraduate courses currently offered on disease and health in a way that compliments the core courses required for the Global Disease Biology major. The major includes a senior research project, which each student designs to bridge the disciplines of the major.

Internships and Career Alternatives. The program and interests of each student in solving societal problems guides students to a range of internship and career choices. On and off-campus internship opportunities are available in research laboratories, in field situations, with governmental agencies, with private industry, and in international programs. A degree in Global Disease Biology prepares students for careers in research, teaching, governmental regulation, health care industry, or agriculture (food safety/ food security) as each relates to disease and health of people, animals, and plants. Students in the major gain research experience and may choose to continue their training at the graduate or professional level in a variety of biological disciplines. Careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, and plant pathology are open to Global Disease Biology majors.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 60-62
Global Disease Biology
1
GDB 090
Introduction to Global Disease Biology (Active)
1
Science & Society
3
SAS 013
Disease & Society (Active)
3
Biological Sciences
15
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution (Active)
5
BIS 002C
Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life (Active)
5
Chemistry
21-23
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002C
General Chemistry (Active)
5
and
Choose a series:
6-8
CHE 008A
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (Active)
2
CHE 008B
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (Active)
4
CHE 118A
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences (Active)
4
CHE 118B
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences (Active)
4
Physics
8
PHY 007A
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007B
General Physics (Active)
4
Calculus
12
MAT 017A
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017B
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017C
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 47-49
Biological Sciences
7
BIS 101
Genes & Gene Expression (Active)
4
BIS 105
Biomolecules & Metabolism (Active)
3
Evolution & Ecology
4
EVE 100
Introduction to Evolution (Active)
4
Microbiology
5
MIC 102
Introductory Microbiology (Active)
3
MIC 103L
Introductory Microbiology Laboratory (Active)
2
Choose one:
4
STA 013
Elementary Statistics (Active)
4
STA 100
Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (Active)
4
PLS 120
Applied Statistics in Agricultural Sciences (Active)
4
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
3
PMI 129Y
One Health: Human, Animal & Environment Interfaces (Active)
3
Medicine & Epidemiology
3
VME 158
Infectious Disease in Ecology & Conservation (Active)
3
Global Disease Biology
15
GDB 101
Epidemiology (Active)
4
GDB 102
Disease Intervention & Policy (Active)
4
GDB 187
Global Disease Biology Seminar (Active)
3
GDB 189
Global Disease Biology Senior Research (Active)
3
GDB 189D
Global Disease Biology Research Discussion (Active)
1
Choose two:
6-8
ENT 153
Medical Entomology (Active)
3
ENT 156
Biology of Parasitism (Active)
3
GDB 103
Microbiome of People, Animals, & Plants (Active)
3
MIC 162
General Virology (Active)
4
PLP 120
Introduction to Plant Pathology (Active)
4
PMI 127
Medical Bacteria & Fungi (Active)
3
PMI 128
Biology of Animal Viruses (Active)
3
Restricted Electives
Units: 25
Focused specialty upper division courses as outlined in the latest version of the “Guide to the GDB Restricted Electives” and with approval of an advisor; 25 units is the minimum.
 
Total: 132-136

(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

Department of Plant Pathology

Program Office. 150 Hutchison Hall; 530-754-2281; http://gdb.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. Includes members of the Departments of Plant Pathology; Veterinary Medicine, School of; Medicine, School of.

A minor in Global Disease Biology may complement student's major program. Some courses have required prerequisites not included as part of the minor, and students should plan accordingly.

Minor Advisor. Johan H.J. Leveau, Ph.D., Professor (Plant Pathology)

Global Disease Biology
Units: 20-21
Science & Society
3
SAS 013
Disease & Society (Active)
3
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
3
PMI 129Y
One Health: Human, Animal & Environment Interfaces (Active)
3
Medicine & Epidemiology
3
VME 158
Infectious Disease in Ecology & Conservation (Active)
3
Global Disease Biology
8
GDB 101
Epidemiology (Active)
4
GDB 102
Disease Intervention & Policy (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
ENT 153
Medical Entomology (Active)
3
ENT 156
Biology of Parasitism (Active)
3
GDB 103
Microbiome of People, Animals, & Plants (Active)
3
MIC 162
General Virology (Active)
4
PLP 120
Introduction to Plant Pathology (Active)
4
PMI 127
Medical Bacteria & Fungi (Active)
3
PMI 128
Biology of Animal Viruses (Active)
3
Total: 20-21
Courses in GDB:
GDB 090Introduction to Global Disease Biology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Open to GDB majors only, or Consent of Instructor. Open to Global Disease Biology majors only. Introduction to the Global Disease Biology major, research and internship opportunities, and potential career paths in human, animal, and plant health. Communication, ethics and the nature of science. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
GDB 101Epidemiology (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SAS 013; BIS 002A; BIS 002B; BIS 002C; ((STA 013 or STA 013Y) or (STA 100 or PLS 120)). Pass One restricted to Global Disease Biology majors only. Principles and practice of epidemiology as applied to human, animal, and plant populations and the environment in which these populations co-exist. Quantitative analysis of both infectious and non-infectious disease. Inter-dependence between epidemiological analysis, decision-making and policy formulation will be highlighted. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
GDB 102Disease Intervention & Policy (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): GDB 101; SAS 013; BIS 002A; BIS 002B; BIS 002C; PMI 129Y; VME 158. Pass One restricted to Global Disease Biology majors only. Examination of the prevention and treatment of diseases affecting humans, animals, and plants. Case studies illustrate the merits of a unified approach to promoting health at local, regional, and global scales. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, SE, SL. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
GDB 103Microbiome of People, Animals, & Plants (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 002A; BIS 002B; BIS 002C. Examination of the structure and function of microbial communities that live inside and on host organisms. Introduction to general concepts of the microbiome and microbiota, and their relationship to host health and disease. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
GDB 187Global Disease Biology Seminar (3) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): GDB 090; SAS 013. Open to junior standing; Global Disease Biology majors. Seminar leading to development of the research proposal and academic plan for the Global Disease Biology major. (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
GDB 189Global Disease Biology Senior Research (3) Active
Independent Study—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GDB 090; GDB 189D (can be concurrent); SAS 013; GBD 189D required concurrently the first time GBD 189 is taken. Restricted to senior standing; Global Disease Biology majors only. Capstone research experience for the Global Disease Biology major. Project may be experimental, library research, or some other creative activity. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) for student research conducted over two quarters; second quarter used to finish writing the research paper. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
GDB 189DGlobal Disease Biology Research Discussion (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GDB 090; GDB 187; SAS 013; GDB 189; or Consent of Instructor. Restricted to junior standing; Global Disease Biology majors only. Prevent or solve problems during the students’ research activity. Independent advising and assistance on research proposal. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.