This course will introduce participants to basic concepts and terminology of infectious diseases. Topics include: transmission dynamics of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; various factors that contribute to the emergence and re-emergence of key infectious diseases; steps and decision points in managing an outbreak; specific intervention and prevention strategies, including those relating to the protection of public health workers; and the role of state health departments vis-a-vis emerging infectious diseases.
This course will introduce participants to basic concepts and terminology of infectious disease transmission dynamics. Course topics include: transmission dynamics of infectious diseases; identification of the main reservoirs, sources, ports of entry, and ports of exit of human pathogens; the relations between microorganisms and humans; the routes of infectious disease transmission; emerging vector-borne infections; emerging and reemerging sexually transmitted diseases; foodborne and waterborne diseases; and the implications of food supply globalization on the emerging infections.
This course will introduce participants to basic concepts and terminology of infectious disease epidemiology and public health surveillance. Course topics include: key characteristics of microbial agents and their common modes of transmission; measures of association between disease and exposure; common study designs in observational research; sensitivity and specificity and its application to infectious disease diagnosis; types and sources of data, and uses of infectious disease surveillance systems.
This course will introduce participants to the factors for the emergence/reemergence of infectious diseases. Topics include: mechanisms of the development of antimicrobial resistance; the ways in which environmental and ecological factors influence infectious diseases; and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases.
This course will introduce participants to basic concepts of infectious disease prevention and control. Course topics include concepts of disease control, elimination, and eradication and key strategies for infectious disease control and prevention in the context of past successes and failures.
This course is a three module sequence covering a sampling of those areas of infectious disease relevant to public health professionals in the United States. The modules begin by discussing areas considered by the CDC to be the most important public health successes of the 20th century. Control of certain major infectious diseases is a significant aspect of these successes. The modules then discuss the major gram positive and gram negative bacterial illnesses, selected viral, protozoal, prior, rickettsial and vaccine preventable disease. A major portion of the course is devoted to various clinical aspects of sexually transmitted disease and pandemic influenza. While these modules only represent a small sample of infectious disease, it is hoped that the student will gain an appreciation of the vast scope of this subject and its importance to modern public health.
Population growth, societal aging, urbanization, rapid transportation, economic interdependence, and emerging infectious disease have expanded community vulnerability far beyond what could have been imagined a few generations ago. But, an expansion of medical technology has provided an array of tools and techniques for therapeutics and public health disease management never before imagined. The instructor will examine disease as a social event in an evolving global community and discuss why applying new systems and science is critical for tomorrow's public health professional.
The course will introduce key concepts in epidemiology that are needed for public health practice. These concepts include the measures of disease frequency, principles and techniques of surveillance, outbreak investigation, measures of association used in epidemiologic studies, causal reasoning, confounding, bias, and epidemiologic study design.