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340.668.89 Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Sat 06/01/2019 - Sun 06/30/2019
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructor :

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, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, and dynamics of transmission. Case-studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other emerging infections.

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, including modes of transmission, natural history, and risk factors for infection
  2. Describe how these epidemiological characteristics influence the detection, diagnosis and dynamics of these infections in human populations
  3. Discuss how the epidemiologic features of infectious diseases determine programs and policies for their prevention and control
Methods of Assessment:

3 quizzes, 10% each (30% total); participation in LiveTalks 10%; 3 activities 10% each (30% total); take-home, open-book final exam 30%

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