HAR685: Communicable Disease Control

The Communicable Disease Control module is led by Andrew Lee. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.


The Communicable Disease Control module is led by Andrew Lee. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

  • European Masters Programme in Public Health (option)
  • Master of Public Health (Health Services Research) (option)
  • Master of Public Health (Management and Leadership) (option)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) (option)

This module is available as a CPD option

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


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
  • 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.


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 intervention

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.


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