HIV/AIDS Course at UNC on Public Television and as Distance Learning

In an effort to share research knowledge and information with the broader public via channels that are accessible and culturally-appropriate, the widely-celebrated “campus-wide HIV/AIDS Course” at UNC is now offered as open courseware and will be broadcasted on public television beginning January 19, 2015. Enrolling more than 450 students per year, the HV/AIDS Course at UNC offers student participants a multi-disciplinary perspective on HIV/AIDS — its etiology, immunology, epidemiology and impact on individuals and society. The various mediums through which the HIV/AIDS Course is offered has afforded the opportunity to educate a larger number of individuals about the basis of HIV transmission, risk factors, safety, and global statistics, including community stakeholders, AIDS service organizations, and local HBCU faculty and students.

The filled-to-capacity course enjoys support from the UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), and from the Deans of all Five Health Affairs Schools at UNC. The reach of the HIV/AIDS Course continues to expand via open source videos of the guest lecturers online through media websites such as iTunes University and The UNC HIV/AIDS Course has been listed in the “Top Downloads” and the “Top Collections” for iTunes University.

Recordings of the classes are used by local colleges and universities, agencies, and community-based organizations. As we move through the semester, videos of each class will be posted.


    See posted classes below!



Course Description

This course offers participants a multidisciplinary perspective on HIV/AIDS — its etiology, immunology, epidemiology and impact on individuals and society. How HIV/AIDS is framed by a society determines not only how affected persons are treated but also the degree to which the rights of the individual are upheld.



To understand the complexity and multi-dimensionality of the evolving phenomenon known as HIV/AIDS as a paradigm for the relationship between disease, society and public policy.


Course Objectives

1. Comprehend HIV/AIDS by describing its etiology, epidemiology, prevention, clinical manifestations and treatments.

2. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of HIV/AIDS and of how society has framed this disease, its historical background, and the social, legal, political and ethical issues associated with it.

3. Have an awareness of the social and psychological implications of HIV/AIDS for people living with HIV and their families, communities and support systems.

4. Understand the implications of epidemic HIV/AIDS for society, by describing infection control measures, groups at greatest risk, contact tracing, education, economics, community resources, the stress of care-giving and the prospects for the future.

The UNC HIV/AIDS Course is offered in the Spring semester, and is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at UNC. Enrollment for the course occurs during the University’s spring semester enrollment season.



Class 1: Virus & the Immune System  |  Joe Eron, MD

January 7, 2015




Class 2: Emerging Therapies & HIV Cure  |  Ronald Swanstrom, PhD & David Margolis, MD

January 28, 2015



Class 3: Manifestations of HIV Disease & Its Treatment  |  Joe Eron, MD

February 4, 2015




Class 4: Substance Use & Interventions  |  Christopher Hurt, MD

February 12, 2015




Class 5: Adolescents at Risk  |  Peter Leone, MD & Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD

February 18, 2015




Class 6: Women, Gender Issues & HIV  |  Wendee Wechsberg, PhD

March 4, 2015




Class 7: HIV/AIDS & Mental Health  |  Glenn Treisman, MD

March 18, 2015




Class 8: HIV/AIDS in the African American Community  |  Niasha Brown, MA

March 25, 2015




Class 9: International AIDS, Prevention Strategies  |  Myron Cohen, MD

April 1, 2015




Class 10: HIV in the Prison Setting  |  David Wohl, MD

April 8, 2015




Class 11: Emerging Infectious Diseases: HIV & Ebola  |  William A. Fischer, MD

April 14, 2015