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Investigation of Outbreaks

Winter Institute
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, January 8, 2024
End Date
Friday, January 12, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Introductory epidemiology and biostatistics required.

Teaches how to detect, investigate, and interpret disease outbreaks. Focuses on application of epidemiological skills to develop hypotheses relevant to understanding source or reservoirs of infection, modes of spread and possible control measures. Includes simple epidemiological approaches for examining field data on outbreaks and deriving inferences. Reviews the main factors involved in the occurrence of an outbreak and steps in investigating an epidemic. Uses data from large and small epidemics to illustrate the main concepts and terminology.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe how to conduct an outbreak investigation
  2. Develop skills in examining data pertaining to outbreaks
  3. Review, analyze and derive inferences from outbreak investigations
  4. Summarize outbreak reports
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Group Work
  • 40% Final Exam
Special Comments

Course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled.