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Investigation of Outbreaks

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, June 24, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 28, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

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

Offered as hybrid course with both an onsite section (340.693.11) and synchronous online section (340.693.49). Please choose the course format you need (either in-person or online) when registering in SIS.