Infectious disease epidemiology

Doctoral course within the doctoral programme in Epidemiology
Course number 2135
Credits 1,5

Learning outcome

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

Course director and contact person

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Johan Giesecke

Affiliated to Research
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Gunilla Nilsson Roos

Educational Administrator
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