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 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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, and have completed five outbreak simulation exercises.
  7. Understand the steps and the rationale for the investigation of disease outbreaks.
  8. Acquire basic computing skill in Epi Information or equivalent.

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
Assumed Knowledge EPID6420, Epidemiology A, EPID6430, Epidemiology B, BIOS6910, Biostatistics A, BIOS6920, Biostatistics B
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: A1 - Tuberculosis transmission
  • Written Assignment: A2 - Salmonella Outbreak & Epi Information
  • Written Assignment: A3 - Prevention of HIV
  • Written Assignment: A4 - Influenza Vaccines
  • Written Assignment: A5 - Vectors: Chickungunya Risk Assessment
  • Online Learning Activity: Discussion Forum Participation

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Contact hours are an indication only.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Materials
  • Control Of Communicable Disease Manual
  • Modern Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EPID6460
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