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Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice


East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Jacky Jennings

Working knowledge of Epidemiology; Public Health Biology 550.630 or equivalent which may include professional experience.


Provides a comprehensive and current synthesis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and globally. Examines biologic, behavioral, social, and epidemiologic aspects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Focuses, throughout the course, on the diverse factors that contribute to STI prevention and control. Discusses how biologic and behavioral factors influence preventability and control of STIs. Introduces a number of STI prevention and control interventions with an emphasis on evaluation of these interventions. Data-focused and driven by current research study findings and surveillance data. Particularly focuses on considering strengths and weakness of various data sources and study designs and on thinking critically about what’s going on ‘behind the numbers.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the clinical aspects of common STIs including their sequelae
  2. Define the epidemiology of selected STIs
  3. Explain the theoretical and practical issues related to the design and implementation of STI control intervention
  4. Describe the impact of laboratory-based versus syndromic based management strategies on the epidemiology, prevention and control of STIs
  5. Describe the economic, social, and political issues influencing development and implementation of STI control programs and supporting policies
  6. Demonstrate competence in the development and delivery of a STI-related policy options paper and briefing for decision making by a policy maker (a presentation illustrating the integration of clinical and public health evidence-based discuss for policy)
Methods of Assessment:

Policy presentation involving powerpoint slides and supporting documentation, class participation, and final examination.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Undergraduates require instructor consent and also advisor consent.

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