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Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

East Baltimore
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
David Dowdy

340.722 or 340.752; 140.622 or 140.652; and 340.627 Epi of Infectious Diseases


Develops deeper understanding of the concepts and quantitative methods unique to infectious disease epidemiology, building upon the concepts and methods of general epidemiology and knowledge of specific infectious diseases. Topics include disease emergence, transmissibility and the basic reproductive number, transmission patterns and serial intervals, seasonality, virulence, the impact of heterogeneity host and pathogens on transmission, herd immunity, co-infections and phylodynamics.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify concepts and methods unique to the epidemiology of infectious diseases
  2. Link appropriate methods with fundamental research questions in infectious disease epidemiology
  3. Interpret analyses of key concepts in infectious disease epidemiology, including spatiotemporal transmission patterns, seasonality and the impact of selective pressures on pathogen dynamics
  4. Critically evaluate different approaches to the measurement of key variables in infectious disease epidemiology
  5. Discuss methods and techniques to address challenges unique to infectious disease epidemiology, including network analysis, methods for determining contact rates and the heterogeneity of host responses to pathogen exposure
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Final Exam
  • 20% Midterm
  • 25% Project(s)
  • 15% Journal Review 1
  • 15% Journal Review 2

Instructor Consent:

No consent required