University of Technology Sydney

91195 Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Infections

Requisite(s): 91314 General Microbiology
Anti-requisite(s): 91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology


Infectious diseases have an enormous impact on human civilisation, killing more people than all wars combined. Epidemiology and pathogenesis of infections explores how infections result in diseases and how they are spread through society. Students learn about the intricate pathological mechanisms and processes that result in disease and impacts on human health, including real world studies on globally important pathogens. Students who complete this subject are able to assess the multiple factors that play into when and how diseases spread, or do not spread in global and local populations. Students apply epidemiological, social, and health interventions to reduce globally prevalent and emerging infectious diseases, be they viral, bacterial, or parasitic.

This subject develops professional skills relevant to both the infectious disease field but also 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 also learn to analyse evidence and apply their critical thinking skills to assess and mediate the link between the pathogenic features of infectious diseases, the global and community health interventions and public health strategies that could be used to reduce the impact on society.

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