American Association of Immunologists Recommendations for an Undergraduate Course in Immunology

Edith Porter, Eyal Amiel, Nandita Bose, Andrea Bottaro, William H. Carr, Michelle Swanson-Mungerson, Steven M. Varga, Julie M. Jameson

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Identifying the “essential” components of an undergraduate immunology lecture course can be daunting because of the varying postgraduate pathways students take. The American Association of Immunologists Education Committee commissioned an Ad Hoc Committee, representing undergraduate, graduate, and medical institutions as well as the biotechnology community, to develop core curricular recommendations for teaching immunology to undergraduates. In a reiterative process involving the American Association of Immunologists teaching community, 14 key topics were identified and expanded to include foundational concepts, subtopics and examples, and advanced subtopics, providing a flexible list for curriculum development and avenues for higher-level learning. Recommendations for inclusive and antiracist teaching that outline opportunities to meet the needs of diverse student populations were also developed. The consensus recommendations can be used to accommodate various course settings and will bridge undergraduate and graduate teaching and prepare diverse students for subsequent careers in the biomedical field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-465
Number of pages18
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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