This unit of study will provide students with knowledge about detection, monitoring and control of existing and emerging pathogens, and with the necessary skills to plan epidemic preparedness strategies, to identify optimal approaches for communicable disease prevention, containment or eradication and to evaluate their effectiveness. This module offers a multidisciplinary framework for understanding the principles of interventions against infectious diseases and focuses on the study of global infectious disease threats in the context of their routes of transmission and potential intervention strategies, as well as the reasons for the success or failure of control programs. The core of this unit is a series of lectures, practical demonstrations and problem-solving tutorials describing real-life examples of diagnostic and surveillance strategies and vaccination policies, community outbreak investigations and epidemic/pandemic preparedness planning. A significant proportion of the lectures are delivered by invited expert infectious disease practitioners and laboratory scientists. The main principles will be illustrated using examples from pandemic and seasonal influenza, arbovirus diseases, tuberculosis, zoonotic and food- and water-borne bacterial infections. A large portion of this unit is based at the State public health reference laboratories of the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (NSW Health Pathology) at Westmead Hospital, Sydney Medical School - Westmead Campus.
Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x3hr practical classes and/or 2x2hr tutorials/week Practical Work: 2hr practical classes or tutorials or seminars/week covering novel methods of molecular diagnsotics, genome sequencing and serosurveillance of infectious diseases
written examination (40%), progressive assessments comprising written assignment (20%), journal club presentation (20%), laboratory work and tutorial participation (20%)
Cliff A, Smallman-Ranor M. Oxford Textbook of Infectious Disease Control. Oxford University Press, 2015; Webber R. Communicable disease epidemiology and control: A global perspective. CABI Publishing, 2013.
Undergraduate bacteriology and virology; basic concepts of epidemiology