PUBH5761 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
- 6 points
- This unit deals with the principles of epidemiology with specific reference to communicable diseases. It relates the epidemiology of infectious diseases to their modes of transmission, their pathogenesis, in addition to describing the host–parasite relationship and the importance of vectors. Methods for infectious disease control are also discussed in detail, including the roles of vaccination, antimicrobials and public health measures. Topics also include the principles of data collection and the investigation of outbreaks, measures of disease surveillance, and government regulations.
- Students are able to (1) describe, interpret and apply a conceptual framework in which to accurately understand and describe processes of infectious disease transmission; (2) monitor and analyse available information sources on the human disease burden from infectious diseases, including the use of data from surveillance tools; (3) appraise issues, identify and locate sources of information, and conduct critiques to solve infectious epidemiology problems; and (4) predict and intervene in new infectious diseases or pathways of transmission as they emerge within a regional and global context [e.g. severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), drug-resistant organisms].
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) case studies; (2) online examination; and (3) online participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Angus Cook
- Unit rules
- Advisable prior study:
- PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
- Contact hours
- online tuition: 3 hours per week
- Unit Outline
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.