INVESTIGATION OF OUTBREAKS Syllabus

340.693.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWThF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Taha Taha
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Describe how to conduct an outbreak investigation
    • Develop skills in examining data pertaining to outbreaks
    • Review, analyze and derive inferences from outbreak investigations
    • Summarize outbreak reports
  • Course Description
    Students learn how to detect, investigate, and interpret disease outbreaks. Focuses on application of epidemiological skills to develop hypotheses relevant to understanding source or reservoirs of infection, modes of spread and possible control measures. Includes simple epidemiological approaches for examining field data on outbreaks and deriving inferences. Reviews the main factors involved in the occurrence of an outbreak and steps in investigating an epidemic. Uses data from large and small epidemics to illustrate the main concepts and terminology.
  • Intended Audience
    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants
  • Methods of Assessment

    20% - Participation in class discussions; 80% - Group presentation of an outbreak

  • Prerequisites
    Students must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Introductory epidemiology and biostatistics required.
  • Course Schedule

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

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