Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases - 2016

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Unit summary

MPH501

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment (35%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit examines the natural history of infectious diseases. It will focus on historical and current perspectives, epidemiological methods for the investigation of infectious diseases, infectious disease dynamics, detection and analysis of outbreaks, routine surveillance of infectious diseases, epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases, vector borne diseases, health care associated infections and zoonoses. Implications of epidemiology for the control of infectious diseases.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and appraise appropriate methods for investigating epidemics and the epidemiology of infectious diseases
  2. apply epidemiological principles and methods to the investigation, management and control of infectious diseases
  3. analyse the public health impact of existing, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in developed and developing countries.
  • Assignment (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test — Online Test (15%)
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Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1The natural history of infectious diseases
2Historical and current perspective
3Epidemiological methods for the investigation of infectious diseases
4Epidemic models
5Clinical epidemiology
6Detection and analysis of outbreaks
7Routine surveillance of infectious diseases
8Seroepidemiology
9Microbial evolution
10Control of infectious diseases

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Required textbooks

  • Modern Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

    By:Giesecke

    ISBN: 9780340764237

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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