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Infectious Disease Epidemiology (POPH90112)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90112
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The epidemiology of infectious diseases differs from chronic disease - cases may be the source of infection for further cases, immunity is an important factor in disease transmission and control, and there is often the need for urgency in the detection and response to disease.

This subject introduces students to the strategies used to predict, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, including vaccine-preventable diseases. Content is updated daily incorporating current outbreak reports, and emphasis is given to a practical understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and to developing the team-working skills central to outbreak investigations. Students will learn the basic steps of outbreak detection and response, and will develop the terminology and written and oral skills for effective reporting. Students will also develop problem-solving skills in scenario based workshops.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • describe the epidemiologic principles underpinning disease surveillance and the mechanisms for disease control;
  • examine and appraise surveillance systems;
  • analyse, interpret and present outbreak data;
  • determine appropriate strategies to monitor, investigate and control or prevent infectious diseases at the population level;
  • provide written/oral reports to fellow health professionals and the public;
  • be an effective investigation/research team member; and
  • critically appraise the evidence base for public health infectious disease decision making.

Generic skills

After completing this subject, students will develop skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Decision-making

Last updated: 24 August 2019