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340.627.81 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases


2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kenrad Nelson
Course Instructor s:

340.751 or 340.601; 140.621; AND Introduction to Online Learning


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. Identify and examine epidemiological characteristics such as incubation period, infectious period, means of transmission and reservoir of these infectious diseases
Methods of Assessment:

Self-evaluation quizzes (5%), Participation in Live Talks (5%), Applied Knowledge Activities (3@5%=15%), Midterm (30%), and Final Exam (45%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Must complete Internet skills course no later than October prior to enrollment.