units

MPH5218

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2015 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Karin Leder and Dr Robert Hall

Synopsis

Importance of transmission source, host and organism factors in infectious disease epidemiology. Outbreak investigation, surveillance of infectious diseases, prevention/control strategies, mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and of impact of immunity. Includes discussion of infection control, vaccines, exotic and emerging diseases.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the unique aspects of infectious disease epidemiology and understand relevant terminology;
  2. Recall and apply strategies used in the prediction, detection and control of infectious disease outbreaks;
  3. Understand the epidemiologic principles underlying surveillance programs and evaluate surveillance systems;
  4. Understand the epidemiologic principles underlying disease control and prevention strategies;
  5. Recognise the potential role of mathematical modelling in relation to infectious diseases.

Assessment

Web-based tasks and block day participation (60%)
Class presentation (40%)

Workload requirements

3 block days.

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Prerequisites

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