The objective of this course is to introduce students to the epidemiology of infectious diseases. The emphasis of the course will be on the common factors that unite infectious diseases, using particular diseases as examples to illustrate the epidemiologic principles and methods to study infectious diseases. The goal is to introduce students to analytical approaches used to study infectious disease transmission in a population. After reviewing basic epidemiology and microbiology, the course will cover specific issues relating to infectious diseases. These include the natural history of infectious diseases, detection and analysis of outbreaks, surveillance, measuring infectivity, seroepidemiology, vaccines, mathematical models for epidemics, and the study of contact patterns.
Satisfies Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor requirement.