INVESTIGATION OF OUTBREAKS Syllabus
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 DescriptionStudents 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 AudienceJHSPH students and Summer Institute participants
Methods of Assessment
20% - Participation in class discussions; 80% - Group presentation of an outbreak
PrerequisitesStudents must have basic knowledge of infectious diseases. Introductory epidemiology and biostatistics required.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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