340.668.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 3 Credit(s)
MTWThFS 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Kenrad Nelson
    Teaching Assistant
    Kimberly Stein
  • Welcome Message

    Dear Students in the Epidemiology Summer Institute:

    Welcome to the course in the Epidcemiology of Infectious Diseases. The course will explore some recent important and commonly used methods in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology. It will also review the current knowledge of several impoirtant Infectious Diseases. We hope you enjoy the course. We welcome your suggestions and feedbck during the course and after you have completed it. Best regards, Kenrad Nelson

  • Course Description
    Introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Methods include 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. Case-studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe and Discuss the main epidemiological characteristics of the Major infectious diseases of humans
    • 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
    • Develop criteria to be used in the investigation of a new Emerging or Re-emerging Infectious disease to Discuss the critical Epidemiologic features of this disease that could be used to develop prevention and control programs
  • Course Format

    This course in infectious disease epidemiology features a series of guest lecturers from within the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and other departments within the school.  Also, we will have a brief discussion of a selected article at the end of each day.  The selected article is designated in the course reading list and is posted on the Course-plus website.

  • Course Schedule

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

  • Methods of Assessment

    Students will be graded based on a brief article review/critique (15%), participation in class discussions (10%) and a final in-class closed book exam (75%).

  • Intended Audience
    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants
  • Required Text(s)

    Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory And Practice by Kenrad E., M.D. Nelson and Carolyn F. Masters, Ph.D. Williams

  • Instructor Bio


    Kenrad E. Nelson, MD is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  His primary interests are in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Tropical Infectious Diseases.

    William Moss, MD MPH is a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, International Health, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is a pediatrician with subspecialty training in infectious diseases, and has worked in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia among other countries. His broad research interests are the epidemiology and control of childhood infections in resource-poor countries. His primary research interest is in understanding the impact of the HIV epidemic on measles control and eradication.

    Andrew Pekosz, PhD is an Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is a Virologist with an expertise and research interest in Influenza.

    Derrick Mathias, PhD is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins School o f Public Health. He has a research focus in the Entomology, Virology and Immunology of Arthropod Borne virus Infections in Humans.

    Stephen Ehrhardt, MD MPH is a Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His primary research interests include internal medicine, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine. His research focuses on the evidence based research practice and cost-effectiveness research.  He is also interested in the link between communicable and non-communicable diseases.

    Neal Halsey, MD is a Professor of International Health, Epidemiology and Pediatrics.  He is an expert on the evaluation of vaccines for safety and efficacy.  He is member of the “Red Book” Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Consultant to the CDC Vaccine Advisory Committee.

    Diane Griffin, MD PhD is a Professor Alfred and Jill Sommer Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her research interests include alpha-viruses, acute encephalitis and measles. 

    Daniel Feikin, MD is an assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He focuses on the Clinical Epidemiology of Acute Respiratory Infections in Humans.

    Christa Fischer Walker, PhD MHS is an Associate Scientist in the Department of International Health.  Her research is focused on decreasing diarrhea morbidity and mortality among children under 5 in developing countries. She is specifically interested in the epidemiology and global burden of disease for the most common childhood illnesses and the interaction between infectious disease and malnutrition.

    Khalil Ghanem, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. He is also the Director of the Baltimore City STD clinics. His clinical and research focus is on the epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

    Petros Kerakousis, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine. His primary research interest is the molecular basis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis latency and reactivation. Secondary interests include preclinical screening of novel TB drugs and drug combinations in animal models of caseous necrosis, as well as development of novel molecular assays for the rapid diagnosis of latent TB infection and active TB disease, and for the detection of drug resistance.

    Gypsy-amber D’Souza, PhD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her research focus is on the epidemiology, prevention and complications of Human Papilloma virus infections in humans.

    Jonathan Golub, PHD MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology.  His primary research focus is the epidemiology of tuberculosis, primarily in the context of HIV infection. He currently leads a large community randomized trial in Brazil investigating isoniazid preventive therapy for HIV-infected patients as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded CREATE consortium. He is also conducting research in South Africa, working on several HIV-related studies at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

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