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Health and disease prevention in changing environments


Infectious Disease Control in Changing Environments

7.5 credits

This Master’s level course covers the biological mechanisms behind significant infectious diseases and focuses on control, diagnostics and treatment, using national and international perspectives. Local and global changes in the environment and climate are linked to the risk of increased distribution, prevalence and evolution of infectious diseases.

Social issues to work with in the future

We have linked our educations to the UN's 17 global goals for sustainable development. These are goals that you can get tools to work with in the future:

No poverty No poverty
Zero hunger Zero hunger
Good health and well-being Good health and well-being
Quality education Quality education
Gender equality Gender equality
Clean water and sanitation Clean water and sanitation
Reduced inequalities Reduced inequalities
Climate action Climate action
Partnerships for the goals Partnerships for the goals

Want to know why you should study at Södertörn University? Find out here.

Knowledge for your professional and private life After studying Biology you will have acquired an understanding of the living world, which can be a useful complement to your studies in other subjects. It is also a good subject if you quite simply have a private interest in studying Biology. Many areas of society are working on sustainable development and greening their activities, in which knowledge of biology and ecology are important components, so these courses can be valuable regardless of your degree specialisation.
Skills for identifying future risks and controlling, diagnosing and treating disease Are you interested in health and disease prevention, and do you want an overview of the field of infectious disease control, contributing factors, threats and challenges? This course provides examples of how infectious diseases are controlled, diagnosed and treated based on health conditions at different geographical scales. You will learn to analyse biological processes that regulate the spread and emergence of infectious diseases, and to categorise important infectious diseases according to the type of biological agent, spreading mechanism and disease progression. The course provides you with the necessary skills for identifying future risks of changes to the prevalence and distribution of infectious diseases, as well as the risk of new infectious diseases evolving, in relation to local and global changes in the environment and climate. Course design The course is built up around lectures, compulsory seminars and includes a study visit. Grades awarded on the basis of a written examination and oral and written assignments.
Do you want to learn more about the living world? Biology is a broad subject that provides knowledge of life itself. If you are interested in the living world, then this is the right subject for you. Many areas of society are working on sustainable development and greening their activities. Knowledge of biology and ecology are important components in this, so a good understanding of Biology can be useful in many professional fields, regardless of your degree specialisation. Södertörn University offers a number of freestanding courses in the subject. They have a general focus on biology, including the philosophy of biology, physiology and ecology.