MPH5251 - Infectious diseases and global health - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Dr Suman Majumdar

Ms Tope Adepoyibi

Not offered in 2017


This unit aims to equip global health practitioners with a practical understanding of the impact of infectious diseases on global health equity. The unit will explore:

  • key existing and emerging diseases of global health importance
  • the historical context, determinants and epidemiology of key infectious diseases
  • the existing and needed global policies, public health responses and effective health care delivery models in resource-limited settings for key infectious diseases

The unit will be taught by instructors with field experience and will draw on case studies and practical examples from resource-limited settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to identify the key infectious diseases of global public health importance and demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. their historical context, determinants, epidemiology and impact on health equity
  2. the global policies, public health responses and effective practices for prevention, treatment and care at both an individual, community and population level
  3. the principles, approaches and challenges for effective health care delivery models in resource-limited settings.


  • Problem-based learning group presentation (15%)
  • Policy brief on group topic (25%)
  • Concept note (500 words) (5%)
  • Written assignment: Infectious disease program design (3,500 words) (55%)

Workload requirements

40 hours.

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Basic computer proficiency.

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