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Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

June 13 - July 8, 2022
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

Course Instructor:


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, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, and dynamics of transmission. Case-studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other emerging infections.

Methods of Assessment: 

1) Quizzes 30%
2) LiveTalks 10%
3) Assignments 30%
4) Final Exam 30%

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss the main epidemiological characteristics of the major infectious diseases of humans, including modes of transmission, natural history, and risk factors for infection
  2. Describe how these epidemiological characteristics influence the detection, diagnosis and dynamics of these infections in human populations
  3. Discuss how the epidemiologic features of infectious diseases determine programs and policies for their prevention and control

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