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91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology

6cp; 6hpw (4 hrs practical, 1hr lecture and 1hr tutorial)
Requisite(s): 91314 General Microbiology


Infectious diseases have had an enormous impact on human civilisation, killing more people than all wars combined. Infectious diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide today. Maintaining public health is a major challenge for governments. Everything from deciding what organisms to vaccinate against, to providing safe food and drinking water falls under the purview of public health. Epidemiology is the study of such diseases in populations.

In this subject students learn about microbes of public health importance and basic epidemiological principles. The subject covers how microbes have affected human population development, from pandemics to how microbes can affect an individual's health today. It examines a range of pathogens of public health interest including food, water and airborne diseases and the importance of public health measures including vaccinations. The subject develops skills in measuring and identifying bacterial contamination of food and water. Students learn basic epidemiological principles such as tracing disease outbreaks, measures of disease frequency (rates and risk factors) and the impact of control measures and interventions such as hygiene, sanitation and vaccination programs.

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Spring session, City campus

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