PBH3002 - Disease prevention and control - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Biswajit Banik


Dr Biswajit Banik

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


One of the following units: BMS1042, PBH2001, NUT1002, PHH2141.




This unit focuses on prevention and control of diseases. Topics include principles of infection, outbreaks, public health control measures, and current issues in disease prevention and control. Public health control measures discussed may include surveillance, modelling, immunisation, antimicrobial therapies, infection control, vector control, screening and risk factor management.

These topics are illustrated using relevant examples of communicable diseases such as vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. influenza); vector-borne diseases (e.g. malaria), food-borne diseases (e.g. salmonella) and sexually transmitted infections (e.g. HIV) and are compared with strategies to prevent and control non-communicable diseases. Epidemiological, social, and political perspectives are considered.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Identify the distinguishing epidemiological features of infectious diseases.
  2. Explain how communicable infections are spread.
  3. Interpret epidemiological data on disease surveillance and disease outbreaks.
  4. Apply principles of communicable disease prevention to a range of scenarios, and identify which public health prevention and control strategies are appropriate for different diseases.
  5. Design and evaluate disease surveillance and control programs.
  6. Describe the role of social and political factors in disease prevention and control.
  7. Explore similarities and differences in prevention and control strategies for non communicable diseases and communicable diseases.


  • 2 x Written assignments (Total of 2,000 words) (30%)
  • Group presentation (Oral) (15%)
  • Tutorial exercises (10%)
  • Final exam (2 hours) (45%) Hurdle

Hurdle: At least 80% attendance at tutorial classes.

Workload requirements

6 contact hours (3 hour seminar, 3 hours online) plus 6 hours private study per week.

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