University of Technology Sydney

95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control

6cp; 1hr, pre-recorded lecture, online; 1.5hrs fortnightly, tutorial, on campus; 1hr fortnightly, turorial, online To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities planned for campus in the first 4 weeks of session are being moved online. Activities for the remainder of the session will be scheduled on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
Requisite(s): 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10360 Bachelor of Health Science OR 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10410 Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment OR 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10396 Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of International Studies OR 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10441 Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Languages and Cultures



Communicable diseases are a major contributor to the global burden of disease posing a significant public health challenge. The expansion of the human-animal interface coupled with the speed and scale of national and international travel present an ever-changing risk of emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases. With the last three decades seeing a significant increase in outbreaks, the need for better understanding transmission dynamics and management of communicable diseases is timely and relevant. This subject provides students underpinning knowledge, principles and skills in communicable diseases prevention and control.

Students gain an understanding of communicable diseases epidemiology, and its relationship to communicable disease prevention and management. The contribution and application of surveillance and other public health strategies on communicable diseases control are elaborated. Using case studies in Australia and low- and middle-income countries, students gain deeper insights on factors that have contributed to successes on public health action towards communicable diseases control, challenges and opportunities for better addressing these. The need for integrating a multifaceted and a coordinated approach that goes beyond a biomedical model including building coalitions, policy advocacy, cooperation between different sectors and dissemination of health information are discussed.

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Spring, 2020

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