Communicable Disease Epidemiology will explore communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It will provide an introductory overview of the basic biological knowledge needed to understand the interactions within and between populations of microbes, human and other animals. Students will learn to use epidemiological techniques to understand infectious disease surveillance data, disease transmission, outbreak investigation and the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases. The unit will particularly focus on how these methods are used in contemporary public health practice and applied in population-based prevention and control of diseases such as sexually transmissible infections, blood borne viruses and enteric infections. The unit will introduce students to regional and global aspects of infectious diseases, particularly their social and ecological determinants, emergence and burden.
|Unit name||Communicable disease epidemiology|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Doctor Silvana Bettiol|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Apply microbiological processes and principles and utilise this to prevent and control the spread of infection
- Describe key elements of a population–based disease prevention, control strategies and emergency responses used in Australia and international context
- Examine and critically analyse the biological and social factors determining the rates of infectious disease
- Critically analyse the benefits and limitations of alternative disease prevention measures (e.g. education, screening, vaccination, and current laboratory practices)
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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|Assessment||Laboratory/practical (20%)|Discussion posts (online) (20%)|Critique (25%)|Essay (35%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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