MPH5218 - Infectious diseases: Epidemiology and prevention - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sarah McGuinness


Dr Sarah McGuinness
Professor Karin Leder

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




Importance of transmission source, host and organism factors in infectious disease epidemiology. Outbreak investigation, surveillance of infectious diseases, prevention/control strategies, mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and of impact of immunity. Includes discussion of infection control, vaccines, exotic and emerging diseases.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the importance and dynamic nature of infectious diseases;
  2. Identify the unique aspects of infectious disease epidemiology and their practical relevance;
  3. Apply evidence based strategies in the prediction, detection and control of infectious disease outbreaks;
  4. Critically evaluate the epidemiologic principles underlying disease surveillance programs;
  5. Critically evaluate the epidemiologic principles underlying disease control and prevention strategies;
  6. Examine the role of mathematical modelling in relation to infectious diseases.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

  • Six written critical reflections integrated in group based online discussion forums (40%) (hurdle)
  • Two self-administered online quizzes (5% each)
  • Invigilated written examination (MCQ/ECQ/SAQ) (1 hour - Block Day 2) (20%)
  • Oral presentation of up to 20 minutes (Block Day 3) and essay of up to 1500 words (30%)

Workload requirements

3 block days.

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