Infection Control and Epidemiology (INIM5012)


The unit aims to equip graduates to use hospital laboratory services and the research literature in the recognition of individual cases of communicable disease, trace the source of outbreaks and provide a scientific basis for development of institutional infection control policies. There are four specific learning objectives: to know how to estimate the risk of transmission of infection and to assess the value of control measures; to understand the methods used to determine the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs both for treating individual patients and in terms of policy guidelines; to understand the scientific basis of vaccination and its value and limitations in the field; to appreciate the human factors involved in achieving effective infection control. The core of the program is a series of lectures, practical classes and tutorials based on important current or historical examples of epidemic infectious diseases.

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Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week; 2x 1.5hr practical classes/week


1x2hr examination (60%), progressive assessments including a practical exam and a written assignment (40%)


Recommended Reading: Infection Prevention and Control: Applied Microbiology for Healthcare, 2nd Edition, Gould, D and Brooker, C. Palgrave McMillan 2008; ISBN 978-0-230-50753-1. Red Book: 2006 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 27th Edition, Pickering, LK, Baker, CJ, Long, SS, McMillan, JA (Eds). American Academy of Pediatrics; 2006.ISBN 978-1-58110-194-2. Although these are recommended reading, other texts are equally sound. We suggest you discuss with the unit coordinator, Peter McMinn, before making a textbook purchase.

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate Microbiology or Infectious Diseases

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.