Global Control of Infectious Diseases (INIM5022)


This unit of study will provide students with knowledge about detection, monitoring and control of existing and emerging pathogens, and with the necessary skills to plan epidemic preparedness strategies, to identify optimal strategies for disease prevention, containment or eradication and to evaluate their effectiveness. This module offers a multidisciplinary framework for understanding the principles of interventions against infectious diseases and focuses on the study of global infectious disease threats in the context of their routes of transmission and potential intervention strategies, as well as the reasons for the success or failure of control programs. The core of this unit is a series of lectures, practical demonstrations and problem-solving tutorials describing real-life examples of diagnostic and surveillance strategies and vaccination policies, community outbreak investigations and epidemic/pandemic preparedness planning. A significant proportion of the lectures are delivered by invited expert infectious disease practitioners and laboratory scientists. The main principles will be illustrated using examples from pandemic and seasonal influenza, arbovirus diseases, tuberculosis, zoonotic and food- and water-borne bacterial infections. A large portion of this unit is based at the State reference laboratories of the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research at Westmead Hospital, Sydney Medical School - Westmead Campus.

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2×1hr lectures/week, 1×3hr practical classes and/or 2×2hr tutorials/week


written examination (40%), progressive assessments comprising written assignment (20%), journal club presentation (20%), laboratory work and tutorial participation (20%)


Plotkin SA, Orenstein WA, Offit PA. Vaccines. Saunders, 2008. Heymann DL, Nunn M. Control of communicable diseases manual. American Public Health Association, 2008. Kimball AM. Risky trade: Infectious disease in the era of global trade. Ashgate, 2006. Webber R. Communicable disease epidemiology and control: A global perspective. CABI Publishing, 2013. A set of recently published journal papers and reviews will also be provided for reading.

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate bacteriology and virology; basic concepts of epidemiology

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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.