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Additional Course Details
This course is an introduction to infectious disease outbreaks for students interested in learning more about epidemiology, outbreaks, and public health. Students will learn about modern outbreaks, historic outbreaks of significance and will explore the tools that outbreak investigators use to stop the spread of outbreaks in populations and to prevent future outbreaks. Case studies and popular media are used to apply knowledge in real-life scenarios.
- Concepts in infectious disease
- Determinants of health
- Outbreak investigation
- Public health preparedness and response
- Describe basic concepts of infectious diseases, and the social and environmental factors that contribute to outbreak occurrence and spread;
- List and describe the steps in an outbreak investigation;
- Interpret outbreak measurement concepts including: attack rates, exposure, risk, latency, incubation period;
- Identify patterns of outbreak source and occurrence;
- Describe population-level and individual-level risk factors for disease during an outbreak;
- Identify key features of outbreak surveillance systems at local, state, national and international levels;
- Identify and distinguish the roles and authorities of various government agencies in outbreak management and response;
- Discuss systems-level factors that impact outbreak management and response, including emergency preparedness and response planning, surveillance system performance, communications, and legal and jurisdictional issues.
Lectures, case studies, in-class exercises, homework, review of outbreaks in the media (film and book)
Spillover by David Quammen
How You Will Be Evaluated
Students will be evaluated based on their performance on exams, homework assignments, class participation and a final paper. Extra credit opportunities will be made available.
Contact the Instructor
Janet Baseman (email@example.com)