Courses & Units

Outbreak Management CAM637


This unit provides essential background to professionals working in local, state and national settings for effective outbreak response. Students will learn the skills and knowledge required to respond to communicable disease outbreaks and other public health incidents. This includes: the ten steps of outbreak investigations; assessment of public health surveillance data and intelligence; using risk assessment frameworks; applying appropriate epidemiological findings and evidence; risk communication principles; and appropriate interventions to control outbreaks. This Unit is relevant to people working within local, state or national government, hospital staff, residential care staff, non-government agencies, and emergency response workers. Local examples will be used to teach concepts, and students will be able to draw on their own experiences and their role in their own workplace during the workshop and when completing assessment tasks.

This unit is taught online in Semester 1, or in blended delivery mode (online with 4 day short course in Rozelle, Sydney) in Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students interested in taking the workshop option can email for further details. Delivery of the workshop in other locations including workplace training can also be discussed.


Unit name Outbreak Management
Unit code CAM637
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Ms Michelle McPherson
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the ten steps of an outbreak investigation to communicable disease outbreaks and other public health incidents.
  • Apply a risk assessment framework to verify the existence of an outbreak by assessing surveillance data and public health intelligence
  • Apply appropriate epidemiological methods to support outbreak investigations, consolidate the epidemiological results with other evidence obtained during outbreak investigations to determine the source of the outbreaks, and recommend appropriate interventions to controls outbreaks and prevent further cases.
  • Communicate an outbreak investigation using risk communication principles and appropriate documentation
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,651.00

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Teaching Pattern

4 day Workshop

AssessmentOutbreak scenario 2 (40%)|Outbreak scenario 1 (40%)|On-line discussion board and Workshop participation (20%)
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