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Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

East Baltimore
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W F,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Frances Burman

introductory course in epidemiology such as 340.601, 340.721, or 340.751


Introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Includes 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. Focuses case studies 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 5% Participation
  • 5% Quizzes
  • 25% In-class Exercises
  • 25% Midterm
  • 40% Final Exam

Enrollment Restriction:

Permission must be obtained directly from Fran Burman ( prior to enrollment

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

No auditors are permitted. Section .01 is restricted. Permission must be obtained directly from Fran Burman ( prior to enrollment.

For consent, contact: