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Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice

4th Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Anne Rompalo
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

Introduction to Online Learning; Principles of Epidemiology (340.601 or equivalent) Public Health Biology 550.630 or equivalent which may include professional experience.

Provides a comprehensive and current synthesis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and globally. Examines biologic, behavioral, social, and epidemiologic aspects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Focuses, throughout the course, on the diverse factors that contribute to STI prevention and control. Discusses how biologic and behavioral factors influence preventability and control of STIs. Introduces a number of STI prevention and control interventions with an emphasis on evaluation of these interventions. Data-focused and driven by current research study findings and surveillance data. Particularly focuses on considering strengths and weakness of various data sources and study designs and on thinking critically about what’s going on ‘behind the numbers.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the clinical aspects of common STIs including their sequelae
  2. Define the epidemiology of selected STIs
  3. Explain the theoretical and practical issues related to the design and implementation of STI control intervention
  4. Describe the impact of laboratory-based versus syndromic based management strategies on the epidemiology, prevention and control of STIs
  5. Describe the economic, social, and political issues influencing development and implementation of STI control programs and supporting policies
  6. Demonstrate competence in the development and delivery of a STI-related policy options paper and briefing for decision making by a policy maker (a presentation illustrating the integration of clinical and public health evidence based discuss for policy
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Presentation(s)
  • 25% Quizzes
  • 15% Participation
Jointly Offered With
Special Comments

Live Talk Session attendance is required as sessions are used for group discussion and student presentations.