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Title Infectious disease epidemiology
Course number 2135
Program Epidemiologi
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-10-16 -- 2017-10-20
Responsible KI department Institutionen för medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik
Specific entry requirements Knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics equivalent to "Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology" and "Biostatistics I: Introduction for epidemiologists", respectively, or corresponding courses.
Purpose of the course This course is intended for students who already have good knowledge of general epidemiology, but who want to learn more about the specific concepts, methods and problems of the epidemiology of infectious diseases which can sometimes be quite different.
Learning outcomes Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of epidemiological tools, and the course aims to show how these tools apply to the study of infectious diseases.
After successfully completing this course you as a student are expected to be able to:
- explain the concepts and terms used in infectious disease epidemiology
- list the steps of an outbreak investigation
- describe the functions and problems of a surveillance system
- design a simple model for an epidemic
- explain how population mixing patterns influence epidemic spread
- design a study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine
- discuss the important determinants of the antimicrobial resistance problem
- discuss national and EU systems to control infectious diseases

Learning outcomes are classified according to Bloom's taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Contents of the course Definitions; immunity; transmission routes; outbreaks; vaccinology; surveillance; models and mixing patterns; specific examples, such as antimicrobial resistance; control systems.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, group discussions, computer simulations, case studies.
Compulsory elements The individual examination (summative assessment).
Examination To pass the course, the student has to show that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Assessments methods used are group assignments (formative assessments) along with an individual examination (summative assessment). Students who do not obtain a passing grade in the first examination will be offered a second examination within two months of the final day of the course. Students who do not obtain a passing grade at the first two examinations will be given top priority for admission the next time the course is offered
Literature and other teaching material Giesecke J, ed. Modern infectious disease epidemiology, 2nd edn. London, UK: Arnold, Hodder Headline Group, 2002. For Swedish-speaking students: Ekdahl K, Giesecke J (red). Smittskyddsboken. Studentlitteratur, 2003
Number of students 8 - 25
Selection of students Eligible doctoral students, with required prerequisite knowledge, will be selected based on 1) the relevance of the syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), and 2) date for registration as doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date). To be considered, submit a completed application form. Give all information requested, including a description of current research and motivation for attending, and an account of previous courses taken.
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Course responsible Johan Giesecke
Institutionen för medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik

Johan.Giesecke@ki.se
Contact person Gunilla Nilsson Roos
Institutionen för medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik
08-524 822 93
gunilla.nilsson.roos@ki.se