Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
June 14 - July 7, 2021
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
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
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.
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.