Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases

10 Units

This course aims to provide students who are already competent in basic epidemiology and biostatistics with an understanding of the epidemiology of some common or important communicable diseases; routes of transmission and methods of control; and knowledge of ways to investigate a disease outbreak.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

By the end of this course the student will:

  1. Understand the dynamics of transmission of communicable diseases.
  2. Understand the principle routes of disease transmission.
  3. Understand the epidemiology of some common communicable diseases and their control measures.
  4. Understand the role of vectors and their control measures.
  5. Understand the effects of immunisation and programs for its delivery.
  6. Understand the design of outbreak investigations including the use of controls and matching.
  7. Understand the steps and the rationale for the investigation of disease outbreaks.
  8. Acquire basic computing skill in Epi Information.

Learning modules covered are:

  1. General concepts of transmission and susceptibility
  2. Immunisation
  3. Vector transmitted diseases
  4. Methods for investigating Infectious Diseases
  5. Investigating an outbreak
Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge EPID6420, Epidemiology A, EPID6430, Epidemiology B, BIOS6910, Biostatistics A, BIOS6920, Biostatistics B
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Other: (please specify) -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EPID6460

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