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340.693.11 Investigation of Outbreaks

Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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


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 Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe how to conduct an outbreak investigation
  2. Develop skills in examining data pertaining to outbreaks
  3. Review, analyze and derive inferences from outbreak investigations
  4. Summarize outbreak reports
Methods of Assessment:

20% - Participation in class discussions;
40% - Group presentation of an outbreak;
40% - Final Examination

Instructor Consent:

No consent required