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An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic Study of Diseases and Epidemics Diseases and epidemics influence many aspects of society and cause much suffering and loss of productivity throughout the world. Through this unit, students will understand where diseases come from and how they evolve into epidemics, which will help the student reduce the likelihood of contracting a disease. After completing this unit, students will be able to compare and contrast the structures, morphology, and reproductive methods of bacteria and viruses; understand how flies, mosquitoes, water, etc. act as vectors of disease transmission; describe the life cycles, modes of transmission, symptoms, treatments, and prevention of diseases and epidemics of societal and historical significance; and demonstrate how pathogens move from host to host, how they cause infections and diseases, and what measures can be taken to reduce the chance of becoming a host for a pathogen. Students will also understand and evaluate the historic, scientific, and the technological breakthroughs that have lead to the advancement of understanding disease.