090010 Communicable Disease6cp; 14hpw, plus assessments, online; availability: online coursework degrees students only
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The prevention, detection, management and control of communicable diseases which affect human populations is a significant public health priority. Understanding the interactions between microorganisms, animals and humans promotes knowledge of transmission dynamics, susceptibility and primary prevention of communicable diseases. Exploring the burden of disease and epidemiology of communicable diseases globally enables more in-depth understanding of the social and ecological determinants of communicable diseases. Public health responses and challenges are examined using historical and contemporary examples, including the current global pandemic caused by the SARS-Cov2 virus. The principles of communicable diseases control, such as surveillance, outbreak investigation, control measures and prevention, are demonstrated using case studies. Finally, the mandate for integrated, coordinated, collaborative, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches, consumer-engagement and advocacy are deliberated and discussed.
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