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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: William Moss
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
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 and a written and oral critique of an assigned paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: No consent required

340.752 and 340.627 Epi of Infectious Diseases

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail