Course Notes & other materials

Week 1: 28 Aug
Week 2: 04 Sept
Week 3: 11 Sept
Week 4: 18 Sept
Week 5: 25 Sept
Week 6: 02 Oct
Week 7: 09 Oct
Week 8: 16 Oct
Week 9: 23 Oct
Week 10: 30 Oct
Week 11: 06 Nov

News & information

Syllabus was updated 15 August 2020

Thanksgiving 2020: The CDC reports "Flu activity is unusually low at this time but may increase in the coming months."

15 August 2020: The southern hemisphere seems not to have a flu season this winter (which is now)! For example, Australia, which had 10,000 cases in 2019, has had 33 this year. Did COVID-19 social distancing cause the decline?

14 August 2020: Flu vaccine will start to be available by end-August or early September. Get yours as soon as you can.

20 July 2020: 14,530,525 global cases of COVID-19, with 606,741 deaths. In the USA, 3,773,723 cases with 140,534 deaths. USA, with 4.25% of the world's population, has had 26% of cases and 23% of deaths.

17 September 2019: Measles cases total 1241, with no change in the past week.

28 August 2019: 1215 cases of measles reported in US so far in 2019; that is more than any yearly total for the past 25 years. The weekly rate is slowing, suggesting the beginning of a herd effect in highly at-risk populations. 1048 of the cases have been in New York State.

17 July 2019: According to the WHO, there have been over 100,000 cases of measles this year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in nearly 2000 deaths. This news has gotten lost in the equally frightening coverage of the Ebola epidemic there.

8 February 2019: Since October, the Madagascar Ministry of Health has logged approximately 50,000 cases of measles, with 300 deaths (which is 3 times the death rate in recent outbreaks in the US and Europe). Immunization coverage had fallen to about 50%.

15 January 2019: For the first time ever, data show that in 2107 Americans were more likely to die of opiod overdose than automobile accidents.

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Brief Bio of JJC. This is me:Picture of JJ Cohen

Why is this course on line where anyone can access it?

Instructor: J. John Cohen, MDCM, PhD

The course ran in fall 2020. Dates were 28 August to 13 November. It was online in a flexible format using print course notes, recorded lectures you watch asynchronously (on your own schedule), online Discussion Forums in Canvas which can earn you a lot of extra credit, and Zoom office hours/Q&A/meet-your-classmates sessions. Students had  input into the design of our joint learning adventure.

Students in a degree program are enrolled by that program; please email us to tell us you'll be joining the course (since we don't find out any other way until late in the process, and you could miss out on important information). Non-degree students (PRAs, for example) need JJ Cohen's permission and signature to register; please drop him an email. The forms for you to register are on line; follow the steps.

Auditors are welcome, also with permission; please let JJ know your interest before the course starts. We value your input, so contact JJ early.

IMMU 7630 is a course in human-based immunology designed for graduate students, clinicians, and others who are not necessarily immunologists. It considers the broad sweep of immunology and its relationships to other disciplines, focusing on ideas and concepts more than details. Sufficient clinical examples are included to establish relevance, and widely-used immunologically-based methods are discussed. We practice clear communication by constructing and maintaining an online discussion forum to which we all contribute. The course notes on this site serve as our textbook. Scroll down for the schedule, and link from there or via the left-hand navbar to that week's page. There you can download pdf files of each Unit. Look at the files and decide if you want to print them. There is optional supplementary material on each week's page. This site is continuously revised and updated.
Advice:  Read the notes before watching the lecture video.

There's no required text. If you want to consider buying a text, click here for 2020 recommendations.
Important to read: Syllabus, with rules, course organization, grading, schedule, and advice: You can download a hard copy of the 2020 version.
Essential to read: Detailed Description of the Course Experience
Students requiring special accomodations: speak to JJC, and click here.
Information about UCD faculty and staff tuition waivers here.

2020 Course Schedule

(printable version)

1 28 Aug 1 Innate to Adaptive Immunity
2 Anatomy & Physiology of the Immune System
2 04 Sept 3 Antibody Structure
    4 Antibody Genes
3 11 Sept 5 Antibody Function
    6 Monoclonal Antibodies and Antibody Techniques
4 18 Sept 7 Development of the Immune System
    8 T Cells 1
5 25 Sept 9 T Cells 2
    10 Immunogenetics & Transplantation
6 02 Oct 11 Immunity & Vaccines
    12 Immunodeficiencies
7 09 Oct 13 Immunology of HIV/AIDS
    14 Immunopathology Type III: Immune Complex Disease
8 16 Oct 15 Immunopathology Type II: Autoimmunity
    16 Immunopathology Type I: Allergy & Parasite Immunity
9 23 Oct 17 Immunopathology Type IV: T Cell Mediated
    18 Chronic Frustrated Immune Responses & Regulation
10 30 Oct 19 Immunohematology
    20 Tumor Immunology
11 06 Nov 21 Immunomodulators and Biological Response Modifiers
    22 COVID-19