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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6073
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-12-05
  2. Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640300
  5. Contact Person: A. Sanchez-Anguiano
  6. Phone: 974 6671
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6073
  10. Full Title: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Infectious disease epi
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Epidemiology PHC 6000 and Biostatistics PHC 6050
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The course help students to understand epidemiological patterns,etiology and risk factors of infectious diseases as they occur in populations, rather than in individual patients. Familiarity with epidemiological terminology and biostatistics is required.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Infectious and tropical diseases constitute a major worldwide health dilemma. Globally, they are the cause of millions of deaths among children and contribute to crippling chronic illness among adults, especially in developing countries. Understanding the
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? A course in infectious disease epidemiology concepts is a requirement for all the Epidemiology and Biostatistics department master's degree students. This course is part of the certificate in Infection Control in the department of Global Health. Any public health student interested in infectious diseases could benefit by taking this course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes. At least 6 times.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in epidemiology, or MD with public health/epidemiology training, or Nurse with a PhD in Epidemiology/Public Health, or a PhD in Public Health with a bachelor/master degree in biology/microbiology/dentistry/pharmacy.
  29. Objectives: 1.Become familiar with major epidemiological patterns of infectious diseases affecting human populations by person, place and time. 2.Identify the major risk factors for selected infectious diseases. 3.Learn the specifics of etiology, life cycles of infectious agents, vectors and non-biological factors involved in the transmission and development of diseases, which are epidemiologically important in Florida, the United States, and for selected diseases of global significance. 4.Learn the public health significance of the selected major infectious diseases in terms of morbidity, mortality, socio-economic impact as well as the impact on health care systems and identify the potential benefits that would be obtained from controlling or eradicating a specific disease. 5.Review the application of diagnostic screening methods used to determine the prevalence and incidence of specific diseases. 6.Review the type of responses to carry out by the health department personnel during an outbreak and to answer calls for information and action when a case of an infectious disease of public health importance is reported. 7.Understand concepts such as relative risk and attributable risk as these apply to the evaluation of risk factors in the planning, design and implementation of control and eradication programs of the diseases revised. 8.Apply a population-based perspective to an identified infectious disease in order to propose ideas for future research. 9.Demonstrate fundamental course principles and concepts when critiquing a published research article and writing a report and presentation on an infectious disease.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Student will be able to characterize diseases by person, place and time when reading the literature and elaborating epidemiological/public health reports. 2. For every infectious disease reviewed the student will be able to define the major risk factors and ways to apply preventive measures. 3. The student will recognize the infectious agents to every disease presented during the course, list the features of the life cycle, define vectors and other ways of transmission, as well as describe the epidemiological characteristics of some diseases present in Florida, the United States and other parts of the world that are of public health importance. 4. The student will be able to describe diseases reviewed during the course in terms of measures of disease frequency (morbidity and mortality). The student will recognize the importance of how those diseases impact the health care system and will understand the role that socieconomic factors play in the development of disease. 5. The student will be able to interpret the results of screening tests, evaluate a screening program as well as calculate sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value. 6. The student will be able to complete an outbreak investigation starting with the decriptive phase collecting data, elaborating a hypothesis and testing it, and apply control and preventive measures to stop the outbreak. 7. The student will be able to interpret and calculate measures of association and measures of public health impact when reading the literature or when perfoming epidemiologic studies. The student will understand the uses of surveillance systems and will recognize sources of epidemiologic data other than surveillance such as registries, vital statistics, surveys. 8. After reviewing the literature on a specific disease the student will be able to present a report of the most important epidemiological aspects of his/her investigation and propose studies to fill the gaps in research. 9. The student will be able to analyze, critique and elaborate a presentation of epidemiologic articles and determine the strengths and limitations of the reviewed studies, proposing new studies to improve research. 10. The student will elaborate an epidemiological report of one infectious disease and a presentation of another infectious disease, and will develop public presentations skills with a professional audience.
  31. Major Topics: This course can be taught in class or on the web (Blackboard and Elluminate).

    - Overview of the scope of Epidemiology. - Health and disease. Definitions. - Epidemiologic triad and other models. - General principles of infectious diseases. - Classification of etiologic factors. - Measures of disease frequency. - Major study designs. Sources of bias. - Surveillance systems. - Outbreak investigation. - Screening. - Parasitic diseases. - Vector transmitted diseases. - Vaccine preventable diseases. - Nosocomial infections. - Other acute and chronic infections. - Sexually transmitted diseases. - Occupational infectious diseases.

  32. Textbooks: Johan Giesecke. Modern Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Second edition. Arnold, Member of the Hodder Headline Group. London. 2002. David L. Heymann, MD. (ed). Control of communicable diseases manual. Eighteen edition. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., 2004.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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