HAR698: Communicable Disease Control (online)

The Communicable Disease Control (online) module is led by Julie Balen . It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.


Overview

The Communicable Disease Control (online) module is led by Julie Balen. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

This module is available as a CPD option

This module is available University-wide in any year as a DDP module

Cannot be taken with HAR685


Introduction

The control of communicable diseases is a key function of public health.

This module covers the core principles of communicable disease control including infectious disease surveillance, outbreak management, immunisation programmes, as well as the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

It will also present a broad range of common infectious disease topics including HIV, tuberculosis, meningitis, diarrhoeal illnesses and hospital acquired infections.

Students will gain a firm foundation in both factual knowledge and an understanding of how to apply this knowledge for the control of infectious diseases at the population level.

This module will be delivered online by distance learning.


Objectives

This unit aims to develop a broad understanding of the knowledge and principles of the practice of communicable disease control.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to demonstrate

  • a systematic factual knowledge of key infectious diseases of public health importance
  • an understanding of and ability to apply the key principles of communicable disease control
  • skills in analyzing infectious disease data and formulating appropriate control interventions


Teaching methods

This module is delivered online by distance learning. This involves online sessions on each topic covered including case studies to help impart factual knowledge and understanding of the principles of communicable disease control.


Assessment

Two short answer question assignments will be used to help consolidate and assess the student's understanding of the process of investigating and managing infectious diseases, as well as their data analytical skills.

A final written assignment will also be used to assess the student's ability to appraise and synthesize information

The pass mark is 50%.


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    Information last updated: 28 April 2020


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