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Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, F, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

introductory course in epidemiology such as 340.601, 340.721, or 340.751

Introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Includes definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. Focuses case studies on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the main epidemiological characteristics of the major infectious diseases of humans
  2. Describe how these epidemiological characteristics can be utilized to develop and evaluate strategies to prevent epidemics or endemic transmission of the major infections of humans
  3. Identify and examine epidemiological characteristics such as incubation period, infectious period, means of transmission and reservoir of these infectious diseases
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 5% Participation
  • 5% Quizzes
  • 25% In-class Exercises
  • 25% Midterm
  • 40% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Permission must be obtained directly from Fran Burman ( prior to enrollment