Infectious disease epidemiology
Doctoral course within the doctoral programme in Epidemiology
Course number 2135
Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of epidemiological tools, and the course aims to show how these tools apply to the study of infectious diseases.
After successfully completing this course you as a student are expected to be able to:
- explain the concepts and terms used in infectious disease epidemiology
- list the steps of an outbreak investigation
- describe the functions and problems of a surveillance system
- design a simple model for an epidemic
- explain how population mixing patterns influence epidemic spread
- design a study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine
- discuss the important determinants of the antimicrobial resistance problem
- discuss national and EU systems to control infectious diseases
Learning outcomes are classified according to Bloom's taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Content of the course
Definitions; immunity; transmission routes; outbreaks; vaccinology; surveillance; models and mixing patterns; specific examples, such as antimicrobial resistance; control systems.
Specific entry requirements
Knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics equivalent to "Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology" and "Biostatistics I: Introduction for epidemiologists", respectively, or corresponding courses.
- Giesecke J, ed. Modern infectious disease epidemiology, 2nd edn. London, UK:
- Arnold, Hodder Headline Group, 2002.
- For Swedish-speaking students: Ekdahl K, Giesecke J (red). Smittskyddsboken. Studentlitteratur, 2003
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