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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B, Statistics 7.5 credits and a Bachelor degree including 90 credits in Environmental Science, Bioscience, Sociology, International Health, Media Communcation Studies, or the equivalent.

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

  • Closed... AS18 week 50-03, 04-08, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44058
  • Cancelled SS19 week 04-08, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44171
  • 15/03/2019 AS19 week 50-03, 04-08, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-44022

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Course 15 credits

The emergence and re-emergence of major infectious diseases is a growing and potentially huge pan-global problem. One consequence of globalisation is that events in one part of the world may have a rapid impact on local health status in multiple international locations.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2018

Course design

The course includes lectures, seminars, practical training in quantitative methods and a literature project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • define and categorise studies in infectious disease epidemiology so that suitable study can be selected and designed
  • define case-control and cohort studies so that the differences between these can be clearly explained
  • organise surveillance of infectious disease outbreaks so that suitable control strategies can be suggested to limit the spread of an actual disease
  • use mathematical modelling within infectious disease epidemiology so that putative risks can be determined
  • analyse molecular epidemiological problems so that evolution, virulence and spreading patterns for individual biological agents can be determined
  • define and explain biological and environmental scientific aspects within infectious disease epidemiology, e.g. spreading mechanisms and vector distribution connected with environmental changes, so that suitable measures can be suggested
  • define and explain national and international socioeconomic factors that are important in infectious disease control
  • analyse how different control strategies can have an impact at the individual level
  • critically examine and evaluate scientific studies in the field of infectious disease epidemiology
  • within a group design, carry out and present a study within the field of infectious disease epidemiology.


1001, Theory is assessed through written examination.
1002, Practical exercises and seminars are assessed by active participation and written assignments. The project is assessed through oral and written presentations.

Absence from more than 50% of the seminars requires that the student take the course again. Compensatory assignments must be handed in within one year of course completion.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2018

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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