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Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Mon 06/12/2017 - Fri 06/30/2017
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Ayesha Khan

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Methods include definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. Case-studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe and discuss the main epidemiological characteristics of the major infectious diseases of humans
  2. Describe how these epidemiological characteristics can be utilized to develop and evaluate strategies to prevent epidemics or endemic transmission of the major infections of humans
  3. Develop criteria to be used in the investigation of a new, emerging or re-emerging infectious disease to discuss the critical epidemiologic features of this disease that could be used to develop prevention and control programs
Methods of Assessment:

2 quizzes, 20% each; participation in live talks 10%; final closed-book exam 50 %

Enrollment Restriction:

Students who have completed 340.627.01/.81 may not register for 340.668

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

For more information contact the Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at