HAR685: Communicable Disease Control


Introduction

Health protection is one of the cornerstones of public health. The control of communicable diseases is one of the major functions of health protection. This module will cover the principles of surveillance, outbreak and incident management, immunisation programmes, health-care associated infections, and the control of sexually-transmitted diseases. It will also present a broad range of common infectious disease topics including HIV, tuberculosis, meningitis, diarrhoeal illnesses and hospital acquired infections. This module would provide the essential foundations for students intending to undertake the Faculty of Public Health Part A/Diploma examination.

Objectives

The module aims to develop a broad understanding of the principles and practice of communicable disease control.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students should 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;
  • An awareness of the systems and key legislation in place to protect the public;
  • Skills in analysing infectious disease data and formulating appropriate control interventions

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods include lectures to impart factual knowledge and understanding of the principles of communicable disease control and of various disease topics.

Assessment 

Component Weighting
Exam 100%

A 3 hour written exam will be used to assess the student's understanding of the principles of communicable disease control, factual knowledge of key infectious diseases and data analytical skills

Students who fail the written exam will be required to submit a 3000 word individual written assignment demonstrating the key principles of communicable disease control of a key infectious disease.

The pass mark is 50%.