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MPH5251

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr E Kennedy

Synopsis

The unit will cover the epidemiology and burden of disease of existing and emerging communicable diseases of public health importance in developing countries. The Unit introduces students to a comprehensive evidence based approach to communicable disease control at both the individual and population level, including health promotion, disease prevention and case management. Drawing on practical examples and case studies, students will gain an appreciation of the challenges and approaches to the control of communicable diseases in resource-constrained settings.

Outcomes

This Unit aims to equip students with an understanding of the key principles and practice of communicable disease control and an appreciation of the challenges and effective approaches in resource-constrained settings. By the end of this Unit students should be able to:

  • Identify the main communicable diseases of public health importance in developing countries and demonstrate an understanding of their epidemiology, burden of disease and determinants;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of disease control at both an individual and population level;
  • Describe evidence-based interventions for the control of major communicable diseases; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and approaches to communicable disease control in resource-constrained settings.

Assessment

Exercise 15%
Essay 45%
Short-answer examination 40%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

8 x 4 weekday contact hours

Prerequisites

Basic computer proficiency

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