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Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4th term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015

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Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Anne Rompalo
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning; Principles of Epidemiology (340.601 or equivalent) Public Health Biology 550.630 or equivalent which may include professional experience.


Provides a comprehensive and current synthesis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and globally. Examines biologic, behavioral, social, and epidemiologic aspects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Focuses, throughout the course, on the diverse factors that contribute to STI prevention and control. Discusses how biologic and behavioral factors influence preventability and control of STIs. Introduces a number of STI prevention and control interventions with an emphasis on evaluation of these interventions. Data-focused and driven by current research study findings and surveillance data. Particularly focuses on considering strengths and weakness of various data sources and study designs and on thinking critically about what’s going on ‘behind the numbers.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the clinical aspects of common STIs including their sequelae
  2. Define the epidemiology of selected STIs
  3. Explain the theoretical and practical issues related to the design and implementation of STI control intervention
  4. Describe the impact of laboratory-based versus syndromic based management strategies on the epidemiology, prevention and control of STIs
  5. Describe the economic, social, and political issues influencing development and implementation of STI control programs and supporting policies
  6. Demonstrate competence in the development and delivery of a STI-related policy options paper and briefing for decision making by a policy maker (a presentation illustrating the integration of clinical and public health evidence based discuss for policy
Methods of Assessment:

Underlying STI prevention and control strategies are public health policies. As such, influencing policy through analysis and interpretation are critical skills that students will have opportunities to develop in this course. Course assignments will include writing a policy brief and participating in a virtual debate focused on a current, critical issue in the STI field. In addition, students will be graded for their participation in LiveTalks and the Discussion Board and on short online quizzes.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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Special Comments:

Live Talk Session attendance is required as sessions are used for group discussion and student presentations.