This unit explores communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It provides 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 has a particular 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 introduces students to regional and global aspects of infectious diseases, particularly their social and ecological determinants, emergence and burden.
Students engage in on-line discussions on relevant topics, prepare an epidemiological account of a communicable disease using real data, participate in an outbreak investigation exercise, and prepare a review of an important current communicable disease issue focussing particularly on prevention and/or control.
|Unit name||Communicable disease epidemiology|
|Faculty/School||College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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Distance. Flexible on-line.
Assignment 1 (2000 words, 25%), Assignment 2 (3000 words, 35%), Applied exercise (20%), Contribution to discussion boards (20%).
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