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Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

East Baltimore
3rd Term
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

340.722 or 340.752 (Epidemiologic Methods); 140.622 or 140.652 (Biostatistics); and 340.627 (Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases)

Develops deeper understanding of the concepts and quantitative methods unique to infectious disease epidemiology. Builds upon the concepts and methods of general epidemiology and knowledge of specific infectious diseases. Includes topics: disease emergence, transmissibility and the basic reproductive number, transmission patterns and serial intervals, seasonality, virulence, heterogeneity in hosts and pathogens, herd immunity, diagnosis of infectious diseases, co-infections, and phylodynamics.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify concepts and methods unique to the epidemiology of infectious diseases
  2. Link appropriate methods with fundamental research questions in infectious disease epidemiology
  3. Interpret analyses of key concepts in infectious disease epidemiology, including spatiotemporal transmission patterns, seasonality and the impact of selective pressures on pathogen dynamics
  4. Critically evaluate different approaches to the measurement of key variables in infectious disease epidemiology
  5. Discuss methods and techniques to address challenges unique to infectious disease epidemiology, including network analysis, methods for determining contact rates and the heterogeneity of host responses to pathogen exposure
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 60% Lab Assignments
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 5% Participation
  • 25% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Permission must be obtained directly from Fran Burman ( prior to enrollment