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340.693.11 INVESTIGATION OF OUTBREAKS

Department: Epidemiology
Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Ayesha Khan
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Students learn how to detect, investigate, and interpret disease outbreaks. Focuses on application of epidemiological skills to develop hypotheses relevant to understanding source or reservoirs of infection, modes of spread and possible control measures. Includes simple epidemiological approaches for examining field data on outbreaks and deriving inferences. Reviews the main factors involved in the occurrence of an outbreak and steps in investigating an epidemic. Uses data from large and small epidemics to illustrate the main concepts and terminology.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Describe how to conduct an outbreak investigation
Develop skills in examining data pertaining to outbreaks
Review, analyze and derive inferences from outbreak investigations
Summarize outbreak reports

Methods of Assessment: 20% - Participation in class discussions; 40% - Group presentation of an outbreak; 40% - Final Examination
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Friday 1:30 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Introductory epidemiology and biostatistics required.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015