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Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

June 14 - July 7, 2021
Online Course
3 credits
Course Number: 340.668.89

"This course was great! As someone who needed a refresher on epidemiological principles and was interested in learning about infectious diseases, this was the perfect course. As a teacher, I appreciated how well organized, clear, and interesting the course was. Every lecture was very interesting and informative, and I learned a great deal from each one. Thank you!"—Student, 2019

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Introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Methods include definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. Case-studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.

Student Evaluation: participation in two live talks, mid-term exam and a final exam

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the main epidemiological characteristics of the Major infectious diseases of humans.

  • Describe how these epidemiological characteristics can be utilized to develop and evaluate strategies to prevent epidemics or endemic transmission of the major infections of humans.

  • Develop criteria to be used in the investigation of a new Emerging or Re-emerging Infectious disease to understand the critical Epidemiologic features of this disease that could be used to develop prevention and control programs.

Location: Internet
First time participants taking an online course from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health must complete the Introduction to Online Learning course. This is a free, non-credit mini course that must be completed before you can enroll in any online courses. Please register here.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic epidemiology

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail

Course Materials: Textbook, Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Practice. Third Edition, 2013 Edited by Kenrad E. Nelson & Carolyn Masters Williams, Jones and Bartlett Publishers. This text is designed to be used in the course; book chapters have been written by the course lecturers.