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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


Microbes and infectious diseases have played a major role in shaping human civilisation. Today infectious diseases are still the second leading cause of death worldwide. Epidemiology is the study of diseases in populations. Maintaining public health is a major challenge for governments. Everything from deciding what organisms to vaccinate against, to providing safe drinking water and preventing infectious disease pandemics falls under the purview of public health.

In this subject students learn about basic epidemiological principles and public health microbiology. The subject covers pandemics and how they have affected human population development. It examines a range of pathogens of public health interest including food, water and airborne diseases, exotic and notifiable diseases and examines the importance of public health measures including vaccinations. The subject also looks at ways to measure bacterial contamination and techniques to identify contaminated food and water. It examines measures of disease frequency (rates and risk factors) and basic biostatistics and looks at epidemiological tracing methods, control measures and interventions; hygiene; sanitation; disinfection; vaccines, and vaccination programs.

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Spring session, City campus

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