EPI4110EN - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Disease

Course description

This course examines the science concerned with controlling and preventing infectious diseases in communities.This course provides an epidemiological approach to the study of the incidence, prevalence, and patterns of disease and injury in populations, and the application of this study to the control of public health problems.Topics covered in this course include outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness for diseases such as acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.

How this course benefits students

Infectious diseases are the cause of millions of deaths globally, especially in developing countries. Understanding the interaction between an infectious agent, host, and environment is necessary in order to properly comprehend the epidemiological significance of those diseases of domestic and global public health importance.Students seeking to understand the theoretical basis of pathogen and transmission characteristic interactions and how they produce patterns of disease occurrence will be able to apply this understanding to disease prevention and control.

Why this course is important

Understanding the epidemiology of infectious diseases is necessary to properly comprehend the significance of those diseases of domestic and global public health importance.

Credit hours
3 hours
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Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will explore the relationship between Biblical references to infectious diseases including plague and leprosy, and recent scientific evidence concerning the epidemiology of such infectious diseases.

Missionally driven

The course brings together elementary biomedical concepts and epidemiological terminology and basic research methods to examine specific diseases as they occur in populations.

Contextually informed

This course will contextualize the design, measurement,analysis and intervention issues associated with the epidemiology of infectious disease.

Interculturally focused

Students from any culture will be evaluate disease control plans for diverse infectious disease problems in various cultural settings.

Practically minded

Students will be able to describe how epidemiological characteristics of infectious diseases can be utilized to develop and evaluate strategies to prevent epidemics or endemic transmission of infections to humans.

Experientially transformed

This course increase understanding of the critical epidemiologic aspects of new emerging or re-emerging disease that could be used to develop prevention and control programs.