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 on line over the semester, or alternatively can be taken as a 4-day workshop. In semester 1 2022, there are two workshops scheduled – one in Hobart commencing on 21 February 2022, and one in Burnie commencing on 4 April 2022. Students interested in taking the workshop option can email email@example.com for further details. Delivery of the workshop in other locations including workplace training can also be discussed.
|Unit name||Outbreak Management|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Ms Michelle McPherson|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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||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
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
5 x 2-hour workshops
|Assessment||Outbreak scenario 2 (40%)|Outbreak scenario 1 (40%)|On-line discussion board and Workshop participation (20%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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