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340.641.01 HEALTHCARE EPIDEMIOLOGY

Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Aaron Milstone
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:
Description:

Introduces the history, descriptive epidemiology, surveillance methods, and economics of exploration of the most important factors influencing nosocomial infections, especially those in pediatric and adult services. Describes and analyzes methods for control of nosocomial infection, including primary and secondary interventions. Also discusses alternative interventions and parallels between contemporary and traditional approaches in developing countries.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Introduce the principles of counting/identifying healthcare-associated infections, organisms resistant to antimicrobial agents, or organisms that are epidemiologically important
Review their epidemiology, and the risk factors for developing colonization and infection
Review the data supporting important infection control and antibiotic management strategies for the types of infections and for certain epidemiologically important organisms
Effectively respond to questions about exposure to communicable diseases and appropriate prevention and control strategies
Explain the impact that healthcare associated infections have on patient safety

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on mid-term and final exams, and a paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Instructor consent required for auditors only.

For consent, contact: amilston@jhsph.edu
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail