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Ecology and Evolution of Emerging Infectious Diseases
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Online & on-campus
- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to
- Identify emerging infectious diseases of significance to Australia, our region and the world.
- Define the principles of emergence and the re-emergence of infectious diseases within the One Health framework.
- Explain disease transmission theory including pathogen dynamics, host response, pathogen spread within a single species and between species, and zoonoses.
- Apply molecular laboratory skills to detect pathogens in populations and track origins of infection.
- Analyse and interpret disease notification data.
- Evaluate the authenticity of emerging infectious disease information in the public domain.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
40 credit points at 2000 level
- Attendance requirements - Block practical class
- Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subject offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit will cover the fundamentals of emergence of disease in the context of global change. Beginning with an overview of the biology and ecology of different pathogens and progressing to their epidemiology, rapid evolution, and application of modern diagnostics for their detection, diagnosis and source tracking. Past and present epidemics and case studies will be used to investigate host-switching, evolution, adaptation, virulence and transmission theory. Approaches to investigating and managing emerging Infectious disease such as One Health and Planetary Health will also be explored in this unit.
- Emerging Infections in the Media (Print, Film/TV or radio) (30%)
- Outbreak investigations (40%)
- Conversation style article (30%)
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- Core Zone: Major in Biology