PUBH5761 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline
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].
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Dr Barbara Nattabi
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
Contact hours
online tuition: 3 hours per week
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