Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students who are already competent in basic epidemiology and biostatistics with an understanding of the epidemiology of some common or important communicable diseases; routes of transmission and methods of control; and knowledge of ways to investigate a disease outbreak.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the dynamics of transmission of communicable diseases.

2. Understand the principle routes of disease transmission.

3. Understand the epidemiology of some common communicable diseases and their control measures.

4. Understand the role of vectors and their control measures.

5. Understand the effects of immunisation and programs for its delivery.

6. Understand the design of outbreak investigations including the use of controls and matching, and have completed five outbreak simulation exercises.

7. Understand the steps and the rationale for the investigation of disease outbreaks.

8. Acquire basic computing skill in Epi Info or equivalent.


Learning modules covered are:

  1. General concepts of transmission and susceptibility
  2. Immunisation
  3. Vector transmitted diseases
  4. Methods for investigating Infectious Diseases
  5. Investigating an outbreak

Assumed knowledge

EPID6420, Epidemiology A, EPID6430, Epidemiology B, BIOS6910, Biostatistics A, BIOS6920, Biostatistics B

Assessment items

Written Assignment: A1 - Tuberculosis transmission

Written Assignment: A2 - Salmonella Outbreak & Epi Info

Written Assignment: A3 - Prevention of HIV

Written Assignment: A4 - Influenza Vaccines

Written Assignment: A5 - Vectors: Chickungunya Risk Assessment

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Forum Participation

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term