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340.653.01 Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations

4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Taha Taha
Course Instructors:

Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Knowledge of introductory epidemiology and biostatistics is essential.


Using lectures, seminars, and lab discussions, provides students with practical understanding and set of epidemiologic tools to detect, investigate, and interpret infectious disease outbreaks. Provides skills for examining field data and deriving inferences from infectious disease epidemics and outbreak investigations. Discusses steps in investigating an outbreak and reviews some large and small outbreaks, mostly from the distant past. Focuses on the application of epidemiologic skills to real infectious disease outbreak case studies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Conduct an outbreak investigation
  2. Successfully examine data pertaining to outbreaks
  3. Use the epidemic curve to identify the epidemic type, incubation period, and potential mode of transmission
  4. Review, analyze and derive inferences from several epidemics and outbreak investigations
  5. Summarize data reports
Methods of Assessment:

Labs require individual and group effort. Student evaluation is based on class participation, solving problem sets developed from past or recent outbreaks, and solving a final problem that involves investigating an outbreak.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required