The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of immunisation principles, the impact of vaccination on the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), how to assess the need for new vaccines and how to implement and monitor a new vaccination program. This unit covers the history and impact of vaccination; basic immunological principles of immunisation; surveillance of diseases; vaccination coverage; vaccine effectiveness; vaccine safety; vaccine scares; risk communication; program evaluation; immunisation in the developing country context; health security; assessing disease burden and new vaccines. Learning activities include short online preparatory lectures and a 4-day workshop with interactive lectures, case studies and group activities. Students will have access to online learning resources such as readings and lectures and will be required to complete compulsory online quizzes, assignments and a group assessment.
the unit consists of online lectures and a 4-day workshop (monday to thursday). activities include lectures, interactive case studies and group activities including presentations at the face-to-face workshop.
2 x 2000 word assignments (30% each); 2 x online quizzes (10% pre-workshop quiz + 20% post-workshop quiz); 1 x group presentation at workshop (10%)
Readings, reference list and other resources will be available on the eLearning site.
Department permission required for enrolment of students who have not done the core units of study in epidemiology (PUBH5010) or biostatistics (PUBH5018) but have previous demonstrable experience in these study areas.
Understanding of basic health sciences and related concepts. Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a health related discipline.
PUBH5010 and PUBH5018