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PUBH5426: Vaccines in Public Health

2024 unit information

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 online learning modules introducing topics and concepts, followed by weekly online interactive lectures and case study tutorials throughout the semester. Students will have access to online learning resources, included reading lists, and will be required to complete compulsory online quizzes, assignments and a group assessment.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Public Health

Code PUBH5426
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
PUBH5010 or (PUBH5018 or FMHU5002)
Assumed knowledge:
Understanding of basic health sciences and related concepts. Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a health related discipline

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the history and impact of vaccination
  • LO2. Describe the basic immunological principles of immunisation
  • LO3. Understand the key principles of surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases
  • LO4. Understand key considerations for introducing new vaccines and assessing vaccines for use in immunisation programs
  • LO5. Understand how vaccination coverage is calculated and monitored
  • LO6. Describe the principles of vaccine effectiveness
  • LO7. Describe vaccine safety monitoring systems and how responses to vaccination safety issues are managed
  • LO8. Understand how immunisation programs are evaluated
  • LO9. Understand key issues impacting immunisation in the developing country context
  • LO10. Describe strategies for improving vaccination communication, understanding determinants of vaccine uptake and enabling high vaccine coverage

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal evening Remote
Semester 2 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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