Global Control of Infectious Diseases (INIM5022)
UNIT OF STUDY
This unit of study will provide students with knowledge about detection, monitoring and control of existing and emerging pathogens, and will provide students 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. The main principles will be illustrated using examples from epidemic influenza, arbovirus diseases, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis 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 & 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%)
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