96700 Communicable Disease6cp; block, 7hpw x 3wks
The prevention, detection, management and control of communicable and infectious diseases which affect human populations, remains a significant public health priority. In this subject students explore the wide ranging problems of infectious and communicable disease in Australia which include food-borne and blood-borne diseases: development of antimicrobial resistant bacteria; sexually transmitted diseases; vector-borne diseases; and vaccine preventable diseases, and additionally the range of surveillance and management systems that are in place for communicable disease control. The need for ongoing improvements in these systems, and the opportunities for action to strengthen them are increasingly important to maintain and improve communicable disease control. Students explore public health approaches which address the need for coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sector engagement for potential or existing risks in the animal–human–ecosystems interface.
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