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Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations

East Baltimore
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Taha Taha

Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Knowledge of introductory epidemiology and biostatistics is essential. Suggested courses: 340.627, and 340.601 or 340.721 AND 340.722, or 340.751.


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