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Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations

East Baltimore
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Lab Assignments
  • 40% Final Project
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is the virtual/online section of a course also held on site. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.