EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- After taking the course in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology students will be able to describe and Discuss the main Epidemiological characteristics of the Major infectious diseases of Humans
- The students will be able to 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
- Epidemiological characteristics such as Incubation period, Infectious period, means of transmission and reservoir of these infectious diseases will be evaluated
Course DescriptionIntroduces 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.
Intended AudienceMasters and doctoral students in Epidemiology, MMI, and International Health
Basic knowledge of epidemiology
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Textbook: Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Practice. Third Edition, 2013 Edited by Kenrad E. Nelson & Carolyn Masters Williams, Jones and Bartlett Publishers. This text is designed to be used in the course; book chapters have been written by the course lecturers.
The text can be ordered through online retailers (i.e. Amazon) or :
Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center
1830 East Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA
Methods of Assessment
Self-Evaluation quizzes. Short online quizzes have been prepared to assist with your review and understanding of the lecture material. Quizzes will be graded (pass/fail), where a score of 50% or better is required for full credit. Students who score less than 50% on a quiz wil recieve no credit for that quiz. You can also access the quizzes later to help you review for the exams. Quizzes will be posted every Monday evening (5:00 PM Eastern Time). Students have until the folloiwing Sunday night (11:59 PM Eastern time) to complete the quiz. There will be 6 quizzes.
Presentation of Applied Article/Assignment:
At the beginning of the class, a list of applied research articles relevant to the course topic will be posted. Students will work in groups of 4-5 persons. Groups will be assigned by the course instructors. Your assignment as a group is to prepare a short Powerpoint presentation and to present that powerpoint presentation to the class. Please identify your individual names and the article that your group will review on the first slide of your presentation and answer the following questions using no more than 7 additional Powerpoint slides. Use each of the 7 slides to address the following questions:
1. What was the motivation for performing this study/context?
2. What was the study hypothesis?
3. BRIEFLY describe the epidemiology of the pathogen under study such as transmission mechanisms, the population-at-risk, or risk factors for infection. How can the epidemiological characteristics can be used to prevent transmission of the pathogen.
4. Describe the main method used to complete the study objective such as study design, study population, methods of case/disease detection, or laboratory methods.
5. What were the main results of the study?
6. What were the primary conclusions of the study authors? Were they justified?
7. What are the implications for public health practice? How can you apply the results and/or findings from this article for public health perspective?
Midterm: The midterm will be posted online and will consist of short answer questions and review of a journal article. The short answer section will be open book and will test students on Lectures 1-12. Students will be able to print out the exam. Students will submit their completed exams via courseplus.
Final: The final exam will be IN CLASS and consist of multiple choice questions. It will be closed book and timed. Although it will mainly test students on Lectures following the midterm exams, some questions related to earlier lecutres may be addressed. The final exam is to be completed individually by each student without discussion or consultation with other students in accordance with the Academic Ethics Code.
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.
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