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Communicable Disease Epidemiology CAM626


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
Unit code CAM626
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Silvana Bettiol
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061311 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,525.00

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AssessmentData Analysis (20%)|Critique (25%)|Essay (35%)|Discussion Posts (online) (20%)
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