Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases - PHCM9782

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Course Outline: See Course Outline

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This is a PLuS Alliance course offered through UNSW. Students at UNSW, Arizona State University and Kings College London who are in a PLuS Alliance program can enrol into this course.

Throughout history new pathogens such as HIV, SARS and pandemic influenza have emerged to challenge human populations. This course will introduce you to the challenges of controlling or managing infectious diseases through an appreciation of key factors such as differing modes of transmission, the impact of travel and behaviour on transmission, the importance of surveillance in achieving disease prevention and control, key steps in outbreak investigation and current disease control and management strategies. Dengue fever, hepatitis A virus, HIV, influenza, measles, meningococcal meningitis, rota virus, SARS and TB will be used to learn about preparing for and containing diseases with potentially catastrophic impact to the health and economic stability. This course supports you achieving a range of capabilities that you will need if you are planning to have a career in epidemiology and infectious disease control.

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