340.609.01 CONCEPTS AND METHODS IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY
- 3rd term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2014 - 2015
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- Tu Th, 3:30 - 4:50pm
Develops deeper understanding of the concepts and quantitative methods unique to infectious disease epidemiology, building upon the concepts and methods of general epidemiology and knowledge of specific infectious diseases. Topics include disease emergence, transmissibility and the basic reproductive number, transmission patterns and serial intervals, seasonality, virulence, the impact of heterogeneity host and pathogens on transmission, herd immunity, co-infections and phylodynamics.
- Learning Objectives:
- Identify concepts and methods unique to the epidemiology of infectious diseases
- Link appropriate methods with fundamental research questions in infectious disease epidemiology
- Interpret analyses of key concepts in infectious disease epidemiology, including spatiotemporal transmission patterns, seasonality and the impact of selective pressures on pathogen dynamics
- Critically evaluate different approaches to the measurement of key variables in infectious disease epidemiology
- Discuss methods and techniques to address challenges unique to infectious disease epidemiology, including network analysis, methods for determining contact rates and the heterogeneity of host responses to pathogen exposure
- Methods of Assessment:
Class participation, class exercises and one in-class exam.
Each class exercise will contribute 10% to the final grade (total 70%) and the exam will contribute 30% to the final grade.
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required