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Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations

East Baltimore
1st Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 1:30 - 2:50pm
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. Knowledge of introductory epidemiology and biostatistics is essential. Suggested courses: 340.627, and 340.601 or 340.721 AND 340.722, or 340.751.

Using lectures, seminars, and lab discussions provides students with practical understanding and set of epidemiologic tools to detect, investigate, and interpret infectious disease outbreaks. Provides skills for examining field data and deriving inferences from infectious disease epidemics and outbreak investigations. Discusses steps in investigating an outbreak and reviews some large and small outbreaks, mostly from the distant past. Focuses on the application of epidemiologic skills to real infectious disease outbreak case studies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Conduct an outbreak investigation
  2. Successfully examine data pertaining to outbreaks
  3. Use the epidemic curve to identify the epidemic type, incubation period, and potential mode of transmission
  4. Review, analyze and derive inferences from several epidemics and outbreak investigations
  5. Summarize data reports
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Lab Assignments
  • 40% Final Project
  • 10% Participation
Enrollment Restriction
Section .01 is restricted. Permission must be obtained directly from Fran Burman ( prior to enrollment