University of Technology Sydney

91195 Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Infections

6cp; Lecture: 1hpw, Practical: 3 x 2hpw x 5 weeks, Workshops: 6 x 2hrs (practical and workshops held on alternative weeks)
Requisite(s): 91314 General Microbiology
Anti-requisite(s): 91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology


Infectious diseases have had an enormous impact on human civilisation, killing more people than all wars combined. Most viruses and bacteria do not cause infections in humans. In Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Infections students will explore the how and why some organisms cause infections in humans. Students learn about the intricate pathological mechanisms utilised by different classes of pathogens; viral, bacterial or protozoa. Students learn about pathogenesis of organisms, challenges in treatment, the threat of antibiotic resistance, the importance of vaccinations and pandemic control strategies. Students learn basic epidemiological principles and methods to apply to investigating real-world case studies. Students who complete this subject will be able to assess the multiple factors that influence diseases development and spread, and how this influences populations both locally and globally. Students apply epidemiological, social, and health interventions to study globally prevalent and emerging infectious diseases, including viral, bacterial, or protozoa.

This subject develops professional skills relevant to both the infectious disease field and wider sectors, including analysis, interpretation, reflection, communication, and innovation. Students develop these attributes through guided workshops and hands on learning in the HIVE Superlab. Students develop skills in learning to analyse evidence and apply their critical thinking skills to investigate and assess the link between the pathogenic features of organisms and how global and community health interventions and public health strategies are implemented to reduce the impact on society. Students develop science communication skills and in small groups produce a short video for the wider public explaining a current pathogen challenge and how this influences human health.

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