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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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedMonash Online Teaching Period 6 2014 (Online)
Coordinator(s)A/Prof Karin Leder


This unit is an introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Topics include the dynamic nature of infections, the principles of infectious diseases, identification and management of outbreaks and principles of surveillance. The importance of understanding host, environmental, pathogen and transmission factors will be highlighted. Practical examples will be given to highlight major concepts. Online activities, suggested readings and discussion forums aim to enhance students' understanding of the teaching material.


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

  1. Assess the importance and dynamic nature of infectious diseases;
  2. Identify the unique aspects of infectious disease epidemiology and their practical relevance;
  3. Apply evidence based strategies in the prediction, detection and control of infectious disease outbreaks;
  4. Critically valuate the epidemiologic principles underlying disease surveillance programs;
  5. Critically evaluate the epidemiologic principles underlying disease control and prevention strategies;
  6. Apply and evaluate the potential role of mathematical modelling in relation to infectious diseases


Contribution to weekly online tasks (online discussions), 250 word limit per discussion: 45% (6 x 7.5%)
Assignment (structured written report, 2400 word limit) and/or Online presentation (35 minute presentation plus questions): 40%
Online quiz, 30 minutes: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in 4529 - Master of Public Health