340.653.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Taha Taha
    Jacky Jennings
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Conduct an outbreak investigation
    • Successfully examine data pertaining to outbreaks
    • Use the epidemic curve to identify the epidemic type, incubation period, and potential mode of transmission
    • Review, analyze and derive inferences from several epidemics and outbreak investigations
    • summarize data reports
  • Course Description
    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.
  • Intended Audience
    Degree candidates in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Labs require individual and group effort. Student evaluation is based on class participation, solving problem sets developed from past or recent outbreaks, and solving a final problem that involves investigating an outbreak.
  • Prerequisites
    Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Knowledge of introductory epidemiology and biostatistics is essential.
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Books can be purchased at the Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center, 1830 E. Monument Street.


    1. Heymann, DL, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 18th Ed., APHA, 2004.  (Other recent editions OK.  APHA members may order from APHA at a discount.)

    2. Course Packet, 2008: Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigation (Provided to all students during first class session.)



    1. Glantz, SA, Primer of Biostatistics, 6th Ed. w/CD, McGraw-Hill, 2005.  (Useful for working with small datasets.  Includes software - no programming or coding required.)

    2. Gregg, M, Field Epidemiology, 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press, 2002.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information

    Jacky Jennings
    Email: jjennin1@jhmi.edu
    Tel: 410-550-4132

    Lisa Noguchi


  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.